Frequently asked questions

How many people in the world don't have clean water?

Around the world, 1 in 10 people don’t have clean water close to home. Those living without this everyday essential do not have an equal chance to be healthy, educated and financially secure. 

How many people have no access to toilets?

A shocking one in four people don't have a decent toilet of their own. Slowly, we're making progress - since the year 2000, 2.1 billion people have gained access to decent toilets. 

Why is good hygiene important?

Good hygiene behaviour is integral to keeping people clean and healthy and stopping the spread of disease, yet only 1% of funding for water, sanitation and health is spent on changing hygiene habits. 

 

Please note: all statistics on the WaterAid website are from , unless otherwise stated.

 don’t have clean water close to home.

(WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report 2019)

don't have a decent toilet of their own.

(WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report 2019)

don’t have clean water.

(JMP (2018) Drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in schools; Global baseline report)

from infection caused by lack of safe water and an unclean environment.

(WHO, 2015)

Diarrhoea caused by dirty water and poor toilets  every 2 minutes. 

(WASHWatch.org)

Around the world up to are lost every year because of water-related illnesses. 

(Human Development Report, 2006)

Every returns an average of $4 in increased productivity.

(WHO, 2012)

The World Bank says promoting good hygiene is

(Disease Control Priorities, third edition (volume 2), 2016)

If everyone, everywhere had clean water, the number of diarrhoeal deaths

(Tropical Medicine and International Health, 2014)