The United Nations Children’s Fund has called on governments, civil society groups and citizens of nations to memorize the children as World Water Day was marked last Friday.
UNICEF supposed that, internationally, an estimated 2,000 children under the age of five die every day from diarrheal diseases and, of these, some 1,800 deaths are linked to water, sanitation etc.
If 90 school buses filled with kindergartners were to collide each day, with no survivors, the world would take notice. However this is exactly what is happening every single day because of poor water, sanitation and hygiene. According to UNICEF and the World Health Organization in the Philippines, an estimated 26 percent of the people do not have improved sanitation, translating to more than 24 million persons.
Approximately 90 percent of child deaths from diarrheal diseases are directly linked to impure water, lack of cleanliness and insufficient hygiene. But despite a growing global population, these deaths have dropped considerably in the last decade, from 1.2 million in 2000 to about 760,000 in 2011.