Water is the basis of all life. Without water we have no health, wealth, equality, or education. But, do governments adequately prioritize clean water? The answer, in far too many parts of the world, is a resounding no.
Globally, there are still 2.2 billion people without access to safe drinking water and 4.2 billion who don’t have a safe place to go the toilet.
Girls and women are forced to continue the time-consuming, back-breaking work of fetching water, and are left exposed to the indignity and dangers of going to the toilet in fields and streets.
As many as one in four — 24% — of health care facilities lack basic water services,
One in ten — 10% — have no sanitation service, and one in three — 32% — lack hand hygiene facilities at points of care.
Data has shown that even where there is adequate washing facilities, frontline health care workers can be 12-times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 compared with individuals in the general community.