Children die every day because they don’t have access to safe water and clean toilets
Water and sanitation-related diseases such as diarrhoea are one of the biggest causes of death for children under five around the world. Every day, more than 800 children die from preventable diseases caused by unclean water, or a lack of sanitation and hygiene.
Poor sanitation, water and hygiene affect more than just children’s health. Children – particularly girls – often miss out on education because schools lack proper toilets and hand-washing facilities. Others miss out because they have to spend their days making long journeys to collect clean water rather than going to school.
Source: Progress on Sanitation and Drinking Water, Unicef/WHO July 2015
Unicef helps more children get access to clean water
Our water, sanitation and hygiene teams work in more than 100 countries, keeping children safe by providing better water supplies and sanitation facilities in schools and communities, and by promoting safe hygiene practices like hand washing.
With your support, we helped nearly 14 million people in 2015 get access to clean water, and provided more than 11 million people with basic toilets.
In emergencies, we provide urgent relief to communities and countries whose water supplies have been disrupted, and when there’s a threat of disease. Right now we’re working in East Africa and Syria (see photo gallery below) to make sure families have access to clean, safe water.
“Malnutrition is a function of several things, including access to safe water,” says Jeremy Hopkins of Unicef South Sudan. “With increased access to safe water, children are less likely to become malnourished. We’ve supported hundreds of thousands of people in South Sudan to access safe water.”
You could help us reach more children around the world to make sure that they have access to clean, safe water. Make a donation today.