Water & Sanitation
Clean running water is something that many of us take for granted. With it so readily available, it’s hard to imagine a life where that’s just not the case. Despite the desperate need for water simply to survive, 844 million people don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water.1
Increasing access to safe water doesn’t just improve the health of a local community but also enhances so many other aspects of life through convenience. With more free time to focus on education and earning an income, lives can be wholly improved.
Living without easy access to water means spending time walking long distances to collect water that may actually be harmful to the health of those drinking it. There’s also the time spent carrying heavy containers of water all the way back home which could be much better spent in school or working to provide for their families. The people that have to do this every single day will also have to worry about anything that could be contaminating this water and any diseases that may be spread through poor hygiene. Young children are especially vulnerable, in fact, every minute a newborn dies from lack of safe water and an unclean environment.3
Organisations are stationed all over the world implementing projects that result in safe water sources being introduced into communities.These water sources mean that kids don’t have to forgo their education to spend time collecting water. Families can use the water to grow crops to better feed themselves or even grow produce to sell.
Having running water close by also means that sanitation improves for the whole community. We’re talking about decent toilets and the opportunity to wash their hands regularly.
Promoting good hygiene is not only one of the most cost-effective health interventions4 but also actually promotes economic growth in the local community. Every $1 invested in water and toilets returns an average of $4 in increased productivity.
It is estimated that if everyone, everywhere had access to clean water, the number of diarrhoeal deaths would be cut by a third5.
- (WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report 2017)
- (UNICEF, Advancing WASH in Schools Monitoring, 2015)
- (WHO, 2015)
- (WHO 2012)
- (Disease Control Priorities, third edition (volume 2), 2016)