Access to Clean Water is a Right | UNICEF USA

Over 150 million people have seen their water supplies improve since 2014 with UNICEF's help.

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  • 844 million people don’t have safe water to drink
  • Nearly 1,000 children die from unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation every day
  • Girls and women are often at risk of assaul and sexual abuse on their journeys to fetch water
  • Lack of water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in schools makes far too many girls drop out once they get their periods
  • UNICEF predicts climate change will cause extreme water stress for almost 600 million children by 2040
  • More than 8 million children are cut off from regular access to basic water, sanitation and hygiene services
  • Water has been used as a weapon in the Syrian war. In Damascus, Aleppo, Hama, Raqqa and Dara’a, repairs of water sources that have been deliberately shut off or attacked have been blocked

Meet Faten. She and her family used to live in Raqqa, Syria. But fighting drove her and her family to Hama, where they traded the threat of bombs for a new danger: water.

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  • UNICEF’s expertise is unrivaled: In 69 countries, UNICEF takes the lead during humanitarian crises to provide water, sanitation and hygiene
  • UNICEF tackles the big problems: In Syria, UNICEF repairs of damaged water systems and wells improved water for 1.3 million people. Distribution of water disinfectant gave 13.3 million people safe drinking water
  • UNICEF changes lives: Over 150 million people saw their water improve over the past four years
  • UNICEF works to develop new efficiencies — and reach more children: Last year, UNICEF improved sanitation for 22 million people, more than ever before
  • UNICEF gets maximum impact for children: Clean, safe water keeps kids from getting sick and falling behind school. Since 2014, UNICEF has improved 51,000 schools’ water, sanitation and hygiene facilities and services

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