Sanitation and Hygiene

2.5 billion people live without proper sanitation

Sound like a lot of people? It is.

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Enough to circle the globe about 100 times, standing side-by-side.

Imagine if you were one of them – living without a bathroom, a toilet – even a place or clean water to wash your hands. Too many people around the world face that reality every day.

More Facts about Sanitation & Hygiene:


1.1 billion people still defecate in the open. This means that when they go to the bathroom, they’re neither safe nor clean and, in many cases, damage the water supply and cause illnesses.


Over 1/4 of the people in Ghana and Kenya rely primarily on public bathrooms – which are often very dirty and unsafe for young women and girls to access.


Lack of sanitatation is the world’s leading cause of infection.


88% of all diseases are caused by either unsafe water, inadequate sanitation or insufficient hygiene.


Handwashing, toilets and other sanitation-related practices are best taught in school when children are young and eager to learn. Teaching the importance of proper hygiene at a young age can help save future generations from sickness and death.

What can you do?

Conserve water at home, school or in your community

 Help bring clean water to more people

 Spread the word!

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