Frequently asked questions

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. 

More than one in five people don't have a decent toilet of their own. Slowly, we're making progress - since the year 2000, almost 2.7 billion people have gained access to decent toilets. 

Good hygiene behaviour is integral to keeping people clean and healthy and stopping the spread of diseases like coronavirus, yet globally almost 1 in 3 people lack soap and water for handwashing at home.

don’t have clean water close to home.

(WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report 2021)

don't have a decent toilet of their own.

(WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report 2021)

lack soap and water for handwashing at home.

(WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report 2021)

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

(WHO, 2015 & UNICEF 2019/20)

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

Based on Prüss-Ustün et al. (2019) and The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (2020)

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)