663 million people – 1 in 10 – lack access to safe water.
2.4 billion people – 1 in 3 – lack access to a toilet.
Twice the population of the United States lives without access to safe water.
1/3 of the global population lives without access to a toilet.
More people have a mobile phone than a toilet.
The water crisis is the #1 global risk based on impact to society (as a measure of devastation), as announced by the World Economic Forum in January 2015.
Women and children spend 125 million hours each day collecting water.
Women and girls living without a toilet spend 266 million hours each day finding a place to go.
Women and children bear the primary responsibility for water collection.
Women and girls often spend up to 6 hours each day collecting water.
Reductions in time spent collecting water have been found to increase school attendance.
Globally, 1/3 of all schools lack access to safe water and sanitation.
Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease.
160 million children suffer from stunting and chronic malnutrition linked to water and sanitation.
Diarrhea is the 3rd leading cause of child death, a majority of which are water-related.
Involving women can make water projects 6 to 7 times more effective.
Water-related diseases affect more than 1.5 billion people every year.
Water, sanitation and hygiene related disease kills nearly 1 million people each year.
In low and middle-income countries, 1/3 of all healthcare facilities lack a safe water source.
Every $1 invested in water and sanitation provides a $4 economic return.
$260 billion is lost globally each year due to lack of safe water and sanitation.
Universal access to safe water and sanitation would result in $32 billion in economic benefits each year from reductions in health care costs and increased productivity from reduced illness.1
Time spent gathering water around the world translates to $24 billion in lost economic benefits each year.
Access to credit plays a significant role in triggering household sanitation investments, increasing health and providing families the dignity of a toilet.
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