The World Health Association estimates that 3.6% of the diseases worldwide could be prevented by improvement in water supply, sanitation, and hygiene. Every 21 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness.
The insufficient supply of safe drinking water is a key constraint to development in Cameroon, especially in rural areas of the country where only 43 per cent of the rural population have access to safe drinking water.
By providing appropriate water infrastructure, rehabilitating the existing water points and training the local communities on maintaining the infrastructure, we help underprivileged communities and displaced families achieve dignified living conditions.
- Today, 1 in 4 people – 2 billion people – around the world lack safe drinking water. (WHO/UNICEF 2021)
- Almost half of the global population – 3.6 billion people – lack safe sanitation. (WHO/UNICEF 2021)
- 494 million people still practise open defecation. (WHO/UNICEF 2021)
- 1 in 3 people – 2.3 billion people – around the world lack basic handwashing facilities at home. (WHO/UNICEF 2021)
- Achieving universal access to safely managed sanitation by 2030 will require a four-fold increase in current rates of progress. (UN-Water 2021)
- Almost half of the schools in the world do not have handwashing facilities with soap and water. (WHO/UNICEF 2020)
- Approximately 50 litres of water per person per day are needed to ensure that most basic needs are met while keeping public health risks at a low level. (WHO, 2017)
- 207 million people spend over 30 minutes per round trip to collect water from an improved source. (WHO/UNICEF 2019)
- Globally, at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with faeces. (WHO 2019)
- Every day, over 700 children under age 5 die from diarrhoea linked to unsafe water, sanitation and poor hygiene. (UNICEF, 2021)
- Under-fives living in countries experiencing protracted conflict are 20 times more likely to die from causes linked to unsafe water and sanitation than from direct violence. (UNICEF, 2019)
- 1 million deaths each year are associated with unclean births. Infections account for 26% of neonatal deaths and 11% of maternal mortality. (WHO/UNICEF 2019)
- Hygiene promotion is the most cost-effective health intervention. (World Bank 2016).