One of the most common issue no one talks about is the spread of disease through poor sanitation, especially in the developing world.
Poor sanitation is one of the world’s biggest killers: it affects women, children, elderly and sick people hardest.
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- 2.4 billion people across the world don’t have somewhere safe to go to the toilet (WHO / Unicef)
- 1 billion people don’t have access to any sanitation at all and openly defecate (WHO / Unicef)
- Every day, about 1,400 children under the age of five die of illnesses linked to unclean water and poor sanitation. That’s more than half a million a year – or about one a minute (Unicef)
- Diarrhoea is the second biggest killer of children under five worldwide (CHERG)
- More than half of primary schools in developing countries don't have access to water and sanitation. Without toilets, girls often drop out at puberty (Unicef)
- The lack of a loo makes women and girls a target for sexual assault as they go to the toilet in the open, late at night. Many get bitten by snakes as they squat in the grass
- Poor water and sanitation result in economic losses estimated at £153 billion annually in developing countries, or 1.5% of their GDP (Unicef)
- For every $1 spent on a water and sanitation programme, $8 is returned through saved time, increased productivity and reduced health costs (UNDP)
Muslim Aid Australia have begun building Latrines in Sri Lanka, India, and Cambodia, with more countries to follow.
By donating towards building a latrine you'll provide a better future for a family in need. Donate today!