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300,000 children under-five years of age die each year from diarrheal diseases due to a lack of safe water, sanitation and basic hygiene.
Fifty percent of malnutrition and approximately twenty-five percent of stunted growth in children have been associated with diarrhea and intestinal worm infections, often impacting them physically and mentally later in life. Schools in disadvantaged areas that lack proper hygiene and sanitation can especially affect girls during their period, causing many of them to drop out of school.
Fourty percent of the world’s population does not have access to basic handwashing facilities at home. In the world’s least developed economies, nearly three quarters of the population lack access. 818 million children do not have access to handwashing facilities such as running water and soap at school either. Children are unable to practice effective hand-hygiene, the first line of defense to protect them from COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
Children are losing lives without toilets and handwashing facilities.
In 2015, the burden of dealing with poor sanitation and related problems cost some countries as much as 5 percent of GDP. Among world regions, Asia Pacific suffers the greatest loss at 1.1 percent. Africa loses 0.9 percent, Latin America and the Caribbean lose 0.6 percent and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the Middle East lose 0.4 percent.
The global economy lost an estimated $223 billion USD in 2015 because of poor sanitation*.*LIXIL and Oxford Economics: The True Cost Of Poor Sanitation (September 2016)