Clean water, basic toilets and good hygiene practices are essential for the survival and development of children. Today there are approximately 2.4 billion people who do not use improved sanitation facilities and 663 million who do not have access to improved water sources.
Without these basic needs, the lives of millions of children are at risk. For children under the age of five, water and sanitation are one of the leading causes of death. Every day, more than 800 children die from preventable diseases, due to poor water, lack of sanitation and hygiene.
The UNICEF Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) team works in more than 100 countries around the world to improve water and sanitation services, as well as basic hygiene practices. Last year, UNICEF’s efforts provided nearly 14 million people with clean water and more than 11 million basic toilets.
In times of crisis, children are particularly vulnerable; UNICEF responds and provides emergency aid to those in need.
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