World Water Day
To mark World Water Day on March 22, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has compiled a list of public health consequences due to the lack of safe water. Some 1.1 billion people around the world — or one in six people — lack access to clean drinking water, while 2.6 billion people — roughly two in six people — lack access to adequate sanitation. According to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, some 42,000 people die every week of diseases caused by unsafe water and poor sanitary conditions, with more than 90 percent of them children under the age of five. Tragically, in sub-Saharan Africa, a baby's chance of dying from diarrhea, which can be caused by germs in dirty water, is almost 520 times the chance of a baby in Europe or the United States.