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Billions Of People Worldwide Lack Access To Safe Water, Adequate Sanitation, Hygiene Facilities, U.N. Report Shows

Newsweek: Access to Water: Clean H20 Out of Reach to More Than a Quarter of the World’s Population
“There are more than seven billion people living on planet Earth, and well over a quarter of them lack access to safe drinking water, according to a report released Wednesday by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Not only do 2.1 billion lack access to clean water, 4.5 billion people — over half of the world’s population — lack properly managed sanitation, the report found…” (Bort, 7/12).

U.N. News Centre: Billions around the world lack safe water, proper sanitation facilities, reveals U.N. report
“…According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) joint report, Progress on Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: 2017 Update and Sustainable Development Goal Baselines, many homes, health care facilities, and schools also lack soap and water for handwashing, putting the health of all people — but especially young children — at risk for deadly diseases…” (7/12).

VOA News: Report: Billions of People Lack Safe Water, Sanitation
“…The United Nations reports nearly 850,000 people die every year from lack of access to good water, sanitation, and hygiene. This includes more than 360,000 children under age five who die from diarrhea and many others from diseases such as cholera, dysentery, hepatitis A, and typhoid…” (Schlein, 7/12).

Xinhua News: Billions of people lack safe water, proper sanitation facilities: U.N. report
“…Backed by the data, the two U.N. agencies also warned that in as many as 90 countries around the world, progress towards basic sanitation is too slow, ‘meaning they will not reach universal coverage by 2030’…” (7/13).

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