Diarrhea, much of it caused by inadequate access to water and sanitation, is the fifth leading cause of death in the world. It kills more people a year than HIV/AIDS (WHO 2009). The majority of those affected are children, killing more children a year than AIDS, malaria and measles combined (WHO 2008).
An estimated 2.6 billion people lack access to improved sanitation (more than 35% of the world’s population) (1,3)
The impact of clean water technologies on public health in the U.S. is estimated to have had a rate of return of 23 to 1 for investments in water filtration and chlorination during the first half of the 20th century (5).
Water and sanitation interventions are cost effective across all world regions. These interventions were demonstrated to produce economic benefits ranging from US$ 5 to US$ 46 per US$ 1 invested (6).
WE HAVE THE SOLUTION
Sanitation Worldwide aims to foster new ventures to tackle the sanitation crisis. Bringing sanitation worldwide will not only improve the lives of billions of people but it will help stimulate increased economic development through new social entrepreneurSHIT ventures.