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Water Reality Check

WATER REALITY CHECK Globally we use 70% of globel water is used for agriculture and irrigation, and only 10% on domestic uses. 84% of the people who don't have access to improved water, live in rural areas, where they live principally through subsistence agriculture. Less than one in three people in Sub-Saharan Africa have access to a proper toilet. Over half of the developing world's primary schools do not have access to water and sanitation facilities. Without toilets, girls typically drop out of school at puberty. 443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related diseases. Girls under the age of 15 are twice as likely as boys their age to be the family member responsible for fetching water. Almost two-thirds, 64% of households rely on women to get the family's water when there is no water source In developing countries, as much of 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions. in the home. Nearly 1 out of every 5 deaths under the age of 5 worldwide is due to a water-related disease.6 10 By investing in clean water alone, young children around the world can gain more than 413 million days of health! 11 Half of the world's hospital beds are filled with people suffering from a water-related disease.8 12 13 Nearly a billion, 884 million people do not have access to clean and safe water. The average container for water collection in Africa, the jerry can weighs over 40 Ibs when fullI. 37% of those people live in Sub-Saharan Africa. 14 The United Nations estimates that Sub-Saharan Africa alone loses 40 billion hours per year collecting water; that's the same as a whole year's worth of labor by the entire workforce in France! 15 Research has shown that for every 10% increase in women's literacy, a country's whole economy can grow by up to 0.3%. 16 According to the World Health Organization, for every $1 invested in water and sanitation, 17 there is an economic return of between $3 and $34! 1 in 8 people world wide do not have access to safe and clean drinking water.

Water Reality Check

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Water Reality Check


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