Every day 1,000 children die from illnesses like diarrhea, dysentery, and cholera caused by dirty water and unhygienic living conditions. We can’t fight malnutrition without tackling the waterborne diseases that contribute to it. As part of our integrated approach to fighting hunger, we bring safe water, sanitation, and hygiene services to communities in need in Nigeria.
- Nearly two billion people worldwide drink unsafe water.
- One billion people lack access to improved sanitation.
- More than 5% of all child deaths can be prevented with safe water and sanitation.
- But there has been tremendous progress. Between 1990 and 2012, 2.3 billion people gained access to an improved drinking water source.
In fact, only 19% of Nigeria’s population has access to safe drinking water. Although 67% of people have a basic water supply, access is uneven. In cities, 82% of people have a basic supply. In rural areas, only 54% do. While the supply of clean water in Nigeria has improved recently, 3 in 10 people still lack access.
Together, we can take urgent action to bring clean water to communities in Nigeria and Africa. Now is the time to act.