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 Over two billion persons are deprived of access to safe water – UN

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July 13, 2017

Over two billion persons are deprived of access to safe water – UN

Over two billion persons worldwide are deprived of access to clean drinking water, Anadolu Agency reports with reference to the new report prepared by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

 “2.1 billion people lack safe drinking water,” the information states. 

It is informed that nearly 4.5 billion have no “safely managed sanitation.” 

Today, 892 million persons still have to relieve themselves anywhere, while 600 million persons share a toilet with other residents of a whole village or a whole floor of a hostel, the report says. 

The authors made a conclusion that a big number of people, especially the ones living in rural areas, still have no access to clean drinking water and live without toilets. 

Due to this, hundreds of children die every day from infectious diseases, which could be prevented. Only due to diarrhea, 360,000 children under 5 die every year. Many of them catch cholera, hepatitis A and typhoid fever. 

“Safe water, sanitation and hygiene at home should not be a privilege of only those who are rich or live in urban centres,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated. 

He reminded to all countries that the access to fresh water and sanitation is a fundamental issue of human dignity and human rights. The WHO chief emphasized that all countries must guarantee the conditions for the execution of these rights.