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The crisis

The world’s poorest do not have clean water or sanitation. This crisis is ruining lives.
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650 million people in the world don't have access to safe water.


2.3 billion people don't have access to adequate sanitation.


Almost 315,000 children under 5 die every year from diarrheal diseases caused by dirty water.

Can you imagine life without safe water to drink? For millions of people it's a daily reality.

Right now, 650 million people don’t have access to safe water. Without this basic service, they have no choice but to drink dirty water that could kill them.

2.3 billion people – one in three – don’t have access to a proper toilet. Many are forced to go in the open, spreading deadly diseases.

In many countries around the world, taps, wells and pipes simply don’t exist. Even where they do, they are often not affordable for the poorest people or are not designed to last. Everyone, everywhere needs a safe and sustainable supply of water: for drinking, washing, cleaning, cooking and growing food. It’s a basic human right.

Across the world, women are wasting precious time walking long distances to collect dirty water. Girls are dropping out of school because there are no private toilets. And young children are not surviving to see their fifth birthday because of preventable diseases.

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