Lack of Drinking water

Worldwide, 780 million people

Access to Water

  • Worldwide, 780 million people do not have access to an improved water source  
  • An estimated 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation (more than 35% of the world’s population)
  • According to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, regions with the lowest coverage of “improved” sanitation in 2006 were sub-Saharan Africa (31%), Southern Asia (33%) and Eastern Asia (65%)
  • In 2006, 7 out of 10 people without access to improved sanitation were rural inhabitants 2.
  • According to the United Nations and UNICEF, one in five girls of primary-school age are not in school, compared to one in six boys.
  • One factor accounting for this difference is the lack of sanitation facilities for girls reaching puberty.
  • Girls are also more likely to be responsible for collecting water for their family, making it difficult for them to attend school during school hours 1314. The installation of toilets and latrines may enable school children, especially menstruating girls, to further their education by remaining in the school system.
  • Source: CDC

Water is at the core of sustainable

Lack of drinking water

Water is at the core of sustainable development and is critical for socio-economic development, energy and food production, healthy ecosystems and for human survival itself.
Water is also at the heart of adaptation to climate change, serving as the crucial link between society and the environment.
Source: UN