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The unsanitary conditions and the lack of hygiene cause many diseases. More than 700 children under 5 die every day from diarrheal disease due to inadequate hygiene, lack of access to clean water or sanitation. In conflict areas, children are even 20 times more likely to die from diarrhea than from conflict.
Sanitation is a matter of dignity and economic development. For every dollar invested in access to water and sanitation, the WHO estimates an economic return of $ 4 because people remain productive and healthy. It is, moreover, one of the most profitable development measures.
2.3 billion people
live in countries experiencing water stress and this number is likely to increase with climate change.
46% of the world's population
does not have access to adequate sanitation and 494 million people do not have access to toilets.
One in three schools in the world
does not have access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.
Source: UN Stats, The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2021