Rights to Water and Sanitation Website

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Munem Wasif/Agence Vu for Water Aid

Essential statistics
Water is essential for the survival of all living beings, however today billions of people worldwide are denied access to adequate clean water and effective sanitation.
•884 million people lack access to an adequate supply of safe water
•2.6 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation
•1.4 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation
•A child born in the developed world consumes 30 to 50 times as much water as a child in the developing world
•In areas poorly served with water and sanitation, the child mortality rate is multiplied by 10 or 20 compared to areas with adequate water and sanitation services
•Poor people in the developing world pay on average 12 times more per litre of water than fellow citizens connected to a municipal system.
Source: WHO/ UNCEF (2008) Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation

WaterAid’s 2008 report, Tackling the Silent Killer calculates that, ‘sanitation alone has the potential to save around 2.4 million children – almost a quarter of the 9.7 million annual child deaths’.