A collage of three images depicting scenes from a rural setting. On the left, five boys in traditional clothing sit side by side on a raised platform, looking solemnly towards the camera. In the middle, a close-up of a child's hands holding a glass of contaminated water, suggesting poor water quality. On the right, a group of girls in colorful dresses smile and interact with each other, with rustic buildings in the background.

Global Statistics

  • According to the WHO-UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme Report, 1.8 billion people drink water that is contaminated with feces; putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.
  • Around 26% of the world population (2 billion people) lacks access to safely managed drinking water services , and an estimated 46% (3.6 billion) lacks access to safely managed sanitation services.(The United Nations World Water Development Report 2023)
  • Over 2 billion people are living in water-stressed countries, and the pressure on water resources in these countries is expected to exacerbate in the coming years.(UN 2019)
  • In 2020, only 64% of the total population in Sub-Saharan Africa could avail basic drinking water services, compared with over 90% of the population from the other six regions.(World Bank)
  • In 2022, around 5.8 billion people utilized safely managed services*, however, 2.2 billion people still lacked access to safely managed water services
  • Over 700 children under-5 die everyday from diarrhea linked to unsafe water, sanitation and poor hygiene. (UNICEF)