The statistics that describe the clean water crisis are tough to digest, but they are an important part of understanding the problem. Hopefully, after reading a few of them, you'll be inspired to act just like we were. Together, we can change these numbers!
2.5 billion people in the world, 1 billion of whom are children, live without basic sanitation–this is more than a third of the world's population!
Every 21 seconds a child dies as a result of unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation and hygiene. That's 1.5 million preventable deaths every year.
Annually, 54.2 million disabilities are attributable to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene.
On a typical day in Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 50% of available hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from water-associated enteric diseases. Hand washing with clean water and soap can cut the risk of acquiring these diseases in half!