Water Scarcity and Disease

Water Facts

Five million humans die from water-related diseases every year.

Water-related diseases affect more than 1.5 billion people every year.

Diarrhea is the 3rd leading cause of child death, a majority of which are water-related

Contaminated water and poor sanitation are linked to transmission of diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid and polio. Absent, inadequate, or inappropriately managed water and sanitation services expose individuals to preventable health risks.

Almost 240 million people are affected by schistosomiasis – an acute and chronic disease caused by parasitic worms contracted through exposure to infested water

In poor countries, almost 8 of 10 hospital beds are filled with people suffering from illnesses related to water crisis and sanitation.

Malnutrition, due to dirty water, inadequate sanitation, and hygiene, is estimated to lead to death of 2,350 children under the age of five each day.

352 million people in Africa, which equates to 88% of the cases worldwide, come down with malaria every year.

According to 2015 Who estimates, a child under 5 dies every 60 seconds of a water-related (waterborne) illness.

80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions, in developing nations.