The AIDF infographic shows that 66% of people in Sub-Saharan Africa have access to water and only 30% have access to sanitation. Poor sanitation leads to diarrheal diseases, which are responsible for 17% of all deaths of children under five.
The Uganda country study showed that over 75% of the population lack a safe place to go to the toilet and 20% don’t have access to safe water. Furthermore, every year over 8,000 children die from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.
On the positive note, an evaluation of 122 water projects by World Bank found that the effectiveness of a project was at least six times higher when women were involved in the project. Another promising figure is that of the largest part of UNICEF’s expenditure on WASH last year was dedicated to the SSA and amounted to $727.4 million.