>Read more about this day to call attention to global sanitation issues.
Be informed about the lack of sanitation in the world. The facts are staggering:
|2.6 billion people worldwide are without access to proper sanitation1, which risks their health, strips their dignity, and kills 1.8 million people, mostly children, a year2.|
|Diarrheal diseases kill five times as many children in the developing world as HIV/AIDS.2
That’s 5,000 children DYING EVERY SINGLE DAY.
|Not only that, but the disease kills more children than either malaria or AIDS, stunts growth, and forces millions – adults and children alike – to spend weeks at a time off work or school, which hits both a country’s economy and its citizens’ chances of a better future.3 The majority of the illness in the world is caused by fecal matter.4|
|Lack of sanitation is the world’s biggest cause of infection.4|
|One gram of feces can contain 10 million viruses, one million bacteria, 1,000 parasite cysts and 100 parasite eggs.5|
|Safe disposal of children’s feces leads to a reduction of nearly 40% in childhood diarrhea.5|