Currently, 2.5 billion people do not have access to basic sanitation and 900 million people lack safe water. As a result 2.2 million children aged less than five die from diarrhoeal diseases each year. Women and children in poorer countries spend hours each day collecting and carrying water. The weight of water carried can be more than 25 kilograms. See below for links to our policy and research documents.
For further information about Tearfund’s work on water, sanitation and hygiene see
and also the work related to environmental sustainability