UNICEF: Inadequate Clean Water Threatens Children's Education, Health

Women villagers of Asseni, Katana in the Democratic Republic of Congo fetch water from a UNICEF-funded community project. A recent report from UNICEF says the lack of adequate sources of clean water threathens the education and health of children in developing countries. Photo by: Julien Harneis / CC BY-SA 2.0 Julien HarneisCC BY-SA 2.0

Lack of adequate clean water and sanitation facilities puts the education and health of children in some of the world’s poorest countries at risk, UNICEF said in a recently released report. The report, which was co-produced by the World Health Organization and partner non-governmental organizations, notes that some 1.5 million children under 5 die annually because of diarrhea caused by using unsafe water and being exposed to poor sanitation facilities. UNICEF and its partners are calling for better water, sanitation and hygiene to address this risk.

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