WASH is effective.

Every $1 spent on WASH leads to about $8 in benefits. This is one of the most effective forms of aid to the developing world.

The global context:

  • Currently, 884 million people live without access to water and almost 2.6 billion live without access to sanitation
  • Every year, 2.2 million people die from preventable water related diseases, including 1.6 million children under five.
  • At any given time, 50% of hospital beds are occupied by people suffering from water related diseases
  • 272 million school days are missed each year due to diarrhoea
  • Children (primarily girls) are often tasked with the daily collection of water