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Approximately 288,000 children die every year from diarrhea-related illnesses caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. 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.
Every two minutes, a child dies from a preventable diarrhea related disease.
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)