Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of diseases and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
More people die each year because they don't have access to clean water and proper sanitation than die in hurricanes, floods, tsunamis and earthquakes combined.
Diarrhea kills more children under 5 every year than AIDS, malaria and the measles combined.
5,000 children under the age of 5 die every single day due to unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions (roughly 1 every 15 seconds).
The two leading killers of children under 5 in developing nations are pneumonia and diarrhea.
Washing ones face and hands with soap and water can prevent trachoma, the largest cause of preventable blindness in the world.
2.6 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation. That represents 2 out of every 5 humans on Earth.
For every $1 invested in water and sanitation, $8 is returned.
Patients suffering from diarrhea make up 50% of the world's hospital beds at any one time.
Children in poverty stricken communities often carry 1,000 parasitic worms in their body at a time.
One gram of human feces can contain 10,000,000 viruses; 1,000,000 bacteria; 1,000 parasite cysts; and 100 parasite eggs. Communities without proper sanitation defecate in open areas and cannot wash their hands.