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Can you imagine life without safe, clean water?


For 748 million people it's a daily reality.


748 million people – roughly one in ten of the world's population – have no choice but to get water from wherever they can, whether it's a dirty pond or an expensive water vendor.



What would life be like without a toilet? 2.5 billion people know only too well.


Sanitation is the safe disposal of human waste, and is vital for health and wellbeing. But 2.5 billion people – 1 in 3 of the world's population – do not have access to a decent toilet.




Hand washing alone could cut the risk of diarrhoea almost in half, saving hundreds of lives every day.

Improving hygiene behaviour is vital if the full benefits of access to water and sanitation are to be realised. Yet diarrhoea is the second biggest killer of children under five years old worldwide.


1 child every minute dies from diarrhoea caused by unsafe/dirty water and poor sanitation.

Water and sanitation underpin health, education and livelihoods, and yet hundreds of millions of people live without these basic human rights.


Where there is a lack of safe water and sanitation, it is children who suffer most. Their health, well-being and education are all affected.

The crisis

The water and sanitation crisis is the second biggest killer of children under five years old worldwide.

How does the crisis affect people?


Without safe water or sanitation, people are trapped in a cycle of poverty and disease. Across the developing world, millions of women are wasting precious time collecting dirty water, children are dying from preventable diarrhoeal diseases, and communities have open sewers running through them.