The Global Water Crisis Impacts Children
– 2.5 billion people worldwide do not have access to clean water and a simple toilet.
– 5 million people, mostly children under the age of 5, die from water-related illnesses each year.
Surviving diarrhea is the greatest single challenge for our world’s children. Diarrhea is the leading cause of death of children in countries with high child mortality rates. Over 90% of diarrheal death is caused by unsafe water, poor sanitation and insufficient hygiene. Children weakened by frequent diarrheal illnesses are malnourished and vulnerable to other infections, like pneumonia, leaving them physically and mentally underdeveloped.