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The effects of a lack of safe water and sanitation are felt most by women and girls. Women and girls spend 200 million hours each day collecting water, and one out of ten school girls in Africa is forced to drop out of school when they menstruate due to lack of toilets and safe water.
Over 650 million people live without safe water. Across the world, 2,3 billion people, one in three, don’t have access to adequate sanitation. Every day 900 children die due to diseases caused by dirty water. That’s one child every two minutes.
Access to safe water and sanitation is crucial for a more equal world. It is critical for education, health, safety, dignity and survival. It gives women more time to invest in farming, family or a business of their own – meaning they can take the first steps out of poverty.
WaterAid is an international organisation working for a better world where everyone everywhere has access to safe water and sanitation. WaterAid transforms millions of lives every year by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in the world’s poorest communities. WaterAid also works to influence decision-makers on a global and national level to recognise and prioritise these basic needs.
WaterAid works in 37 countries, and has reached 23 million people with safe water and 21 million with sanitation since 1981. WaterAid established in Sweden in 2009.