Today is World Water Day. It’s a day to raise awareness about the importance of clean drinking water, especially for women and children worldwide. Here are some surprising and unfortunate facts
Surveys from 45 developing countries show that women and children bear the primary responsibility for water collection in the majority of households. This is time not spent working at an income-generating job, caring for family members, or attending school.
Diarrhea is the 4th leading cause of child death, a majority of which are water-related.
Diarrhea kills children at a rate equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every ten hours.
An estimated 622,000 children under the age of five die each year from diarrheal diseases globally.
Reductions in time to collect water has been found to increase school attendance. A study in Ghana found that a 15 minute reduction in water collection time increases the proportion of girls attending school by 8% to 12%. Another study found a one hour reduction in water collection time increases school attendance by approximately 8% in Yemen, 18% in Pakistan, and 11% in Morocco.
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