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The Need for Water & Sanitation

Did you know that the equivalent of 16 airliners full of children under age five, crashed today?1

Today, nearly 1 billion people, a sixth of the world’s population, do not have access to safe drinking water. More than 2.6 billion people are without basic sanitation.

The water and sanitation crisis is the most fundamental crisis affecting people living in developing countries. Lack of safe water and adequate sanitation is the world’s single largest cause of sickness. At any one time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from water and sanitation- related diseases!

The fight against global poverty begins here. With access to clean water, basic sanitation, and hygiene education, the cycle of poverty and disease can be broken – making way for dramatic improvements in:

  • General health
  • Education
  • Gender equality
  • Child mortality
  • Maternal health
  • Economic Growth

This is a crisis to which there are cost-effective solutions, and these solutions transform lives and communities.

Case for Support
Canadian Water and Sanitation Factsheet
Global Water and Sanitation Factsheet
Index of Water and Sanitation Related Diseases

1 1.5 million children under the age of five die each year from diarrhea, caused primarily by dirty water and poor sanitation. That is more than 4,100 deaths per day. Given an average airliner capacity of 250, this is equivalent to 16 airliners full of children under the age of five, crashing each day.


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