Almost two thirds of people lacking access to clean water live on less than $2 per day
In Africa, an estimated 5% of a country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is lost due to illnesses and deaths caused by dirty water and inadequate sanitation. It’s also estimated that 443 million school days are lost each year to preventable water-related diseases.
In a survey conducted by UNICEF and the World Health Organization of 25 countries, it was found that women spend an estimated combined total of 16 million hours each day collecting water, with children spending about 4 million hours.
Valuable hours that could instead be dedicated to school, household duties or income-generating activities.
Working to help solve the world’s water crisis is good investment. On average, every dollar (U.S.) spent on clean water and sanitation translates to a return of $9 in costs averted and productivity gained.
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