The Water & Sanitation Crisis – A Quick Overview
Worldwide, 768 million people lack access to clean drinking water, additionally 2.5 billion live without basic sanitation like toilets and latrines. The global water and sanitation crisis is one of the most pressing – yet wholly solvable – challenges facing communities and local governments in the developing world today. At any one time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by people suffering needlessly from water- and sanitation-related diseases like diarrhea, typhoid and& cholera. Diarrhea, alone, kills 2,000 children under the age of 5 each day.
This is a crisis to which there are simple and cost effective solutions that have the power to transform the lives of families and communities quickly and forever. WaterCan believes addressing local water and sanitation needs provides a strong foundation for supporting broader poverty fighting efforts. By improving local access to clean& water, basic sanitation, and hygiene education, the cycle of poverty and disease can be broken, making way for dramatic improvements in key areas of development such as child and maternal health, education, gender equality and local economic growth.
Beyond their humanitarian benefits, investments in water and sanitation also make good economic sense. According to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, every dollar invested in water and sanitation yield on average US $1 to $4 economic returns in terms of health care cost savings and increased economic productivity.
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