Lacking even safe water

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29 Sep 2006

Some 1 billion people do not have access to safe water and 2.6 billion lack access to basic sanitation, according to a report by Unicef. This lack of access to clean water and sanitation contributes to the deaths of 1.5 million children under the age of five from diarrhoea every year. Young women and girls can also spend several hours a day carrying water to their communities. In sub-Saharan Africa less than half the rural population has access to safe water.

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