Water and Sanitation

Saru Saud, 7, drinks water from her cupped hands, at a community water point in impoverished Biraltoli Village in Achham District in Far-Western Region in Nepal.

Clean water saves lives.

Water is life. But when water is unsafe and sanitation non-existent, water can kill. Globally, waterborne illnesses are a leading cause of death for children under five, killing nearly 1,000 children every day.

UNICEF works in more than 100 countries to improve access to safe, clean water and sanitation facilities. Whether by delivering clean water after a disaster or promoting safe hygiene practices in schools and communities, UNICEF is on the ground helping children in need. The UNICEF Tap Project, for example, benefited more than a half million people over 10 years by providing access to clean, safe water in communities where clean water was hard to access.

Since 1990, with the help of UNICEF and its partners, some 2.6 billion people have gained access to clean drinking water. Ninety-one percent of the global population now has improved drinking water and that number is growing.

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