Water Scarcity and Sanitation

Water Facts

2.4 billion people globally have no access to improved sanitation facilities

An estimated 946 million people still practice open defication worldwide

Due to a combination of population growth and slow progress, the number of people in sub-Saharan Africa without access to sanitation has increased since 1990

68% of the global population now uses an improved sanitation facility

51% of the rural population uses improved sanitation facilities, compared to the 58% in rural communities.

In many parts of the developing world, up to 4 out of 10 schools and healthcare facilities lack basic water, sanitation and hygiene facilities

Basic hygienic practices by birth attendants can reduce the risk of infections, sepsis and death for infants and mothers by up to 25%, yet many health facilities lack even basic water and sanitation facilities. In Africa, 42% of health facilities do not have access to an improved water source within 1640.4 ft. (500 meters).

More people have a mobile phone than a toilet.

Recent studies indicate that the global average economic return on investment (ROI) on sanitation spending is at least $5.5 USD per $1.0 invested