2.5 billion people lack access to functioning toilets
884 million people lack access to safe water
(Estimation for 2002, for WHO/UNICEF JMP, 2004)
3900 children die every day from water-borne diseases.
Diarrhea remains the second leading killer of children. A basic, cost-effective WASH strategy like hand-washing with soap, has proven to reduce diarrhea by up to 47%. Research on the economics of sanitation and water indicates that no other single intervention brings greater public health returns.