Water and Children

water and children

Water Facts


Every 20 seconds a child dies as a result of poor sanitation. That's 1.5 million preventable deaths each year. (UN)


With children particularly at risk from water-related diseases, access to improved sources of water can result in better health and therefore better school attendance, with longer-term consequences for their lives (WHO)

dropEnrollment rates for girls have been shown to improve by over 15% when provided with clean water and toilet facility, because girls no longer have to walk miles every day to fetch water. (UN)

dropWomen and children bear the burdens disproportionately, often spending six hours or more each day fetching water for their families and communities. (UN)


2,000 Children under five years of age die every day from waterborne illness due to the lack of safe water, sanitation, and basic hygiene. (CDC)


Diarrhea is a leading killer of children, accounting for 90% of all deaths among children under the age of 5. (UNICEF, WHO)


Malnutrition, due to dirty water, inadequate sanitation, and hygiene, is estimated to lead to death in 2,350 children under the age of five each day. (World Health Organization)

dropLack of access to sanitation for girls reaching puberty becomes a central cultural and human health issue, contributing to female illiteracy and low levels of education, and contributing to a cycle of poor health for pregnant women and their children. (UN)

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