1. Around the world 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation.
The World Health Organization defines improved sanitation as facilities that hygienically separate human excreta from human contact.
4. Nearly 1.5 million children under the age of 5 die every year from diarrhea globally.
Diarrhea also makes children more vulnerable to malnutrition and other infections.
6. In India, over 600 million people, or more than 50% of Indian households, do not have access to a toilet or latrine to defecate.
7. Globally, 43% of people living in rural areas lack access to improved sanitation, compared with 27% in urban areas.
9. A study in Ethiopia found that more than 50% of girls missed one to four days of school during menstruation.
10. A study in Bangladesh found that 60% of workers used dirty factory rags as menstrual cloths, likely leading to infections that caused 73% of the workforce to miss several works days a month.
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