Across the globe, over 3,000 children die of diarrheal diseases each and every day. Clean water is essential for health, yet nearly 783 million people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water.
We are making tremendous steps forward. At the end of 2010, 89% of the world’s population, or 6.1 billion people, used improved drinking water sources. This is 1% more than the 88% Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target.
Yet immense challenges remain. Of the 783 million who lack access to safe water, over 40% live in Sub-Saharan Africa. The world is still far from meeting the MDG target for sanitation, and is unlikely to do so by 2015. Currently 2.5 billion people still lack improved sanitation.
UNICEF is the international leader in providing clean, safe drinking water to millions around the world who need it most. Through innovative initiatives like the UNICEF Tap Project, UNICEF is on the front lines, doing whatever it takes to stop children dying from lack of access to clean, safe water and sanitation.
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