Tackle the water and sanitation crisis
Make a stand for the 4,000 children dying needlessly every day! Stand up for the 2.6 billion people who can’t sit down! Join WASH United and help to ensure safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for all!
Globally, one in seven people lack access to even minimum supplies of safe water for basic personal and domestic needs. The situation is even worse with regard to sanitation. Almost 40% of the world population – 2.6 billion people – have no access to sanitation that ensures health, physical safety, privacy and dignity. For want of a toilet, billions have no option but to defecate in buckets, plastic bags and public places in and around their communities. The consequences are dramatic:
- Lack of access to safe drinking water and a toilet still kills more children than malaria, measles and HIV/AIDS combined. Every 45 seconds, an African child dies from preventable diarrhoea.
- At any given time, half the people in developing countries are suffering from one or more of the health conditions associated with dirty water and poor sanitation. Every second hospital bed in the developing world is occupied by a patient suffering from preventable diarrhoea.
- Dirty water and poor sanitation severely undermine developing countries’ to reduce poverty. Sub-Saharan Africa alone loses more than USD 28 billion or 5% of GDP per year due to preventable diseases and productivity losses caused by dirty water, lack of sanitation and poor hygiene. Hundreds of millions of people are caught in a vicious circle of ill-health, lost educational and income-earning opportunities and poverty.
The good news is that all of this is preventable: access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for all people is possible! And YOU can help to make it happen!
How you can help to promote WASH for all
Support WASH United, follow the example of the world’s biggest football stars like Didier Drogba, Nwankwo Kanu and Stephen Appiah, who have already teamed up with WASH United. Join the club now and help us turn our shared vision of every person enjoying their human right to safe drinking water and sanitation into reality. Every new member makes our voice stronger and helps WASH United to generate political will for this fundamental human right.
Beyond this, as a member you commit to promoting safe drinking WAter, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for all, everywhere. So help us to establish safe drinking water and sanitation as a human right and act as a Champion for WASH.