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The AIDF infographic shows that
66% of people in Sub-Saharan Africa have access to water and only 30% have access to sanitation.
Poor sanitation leads to diarrheal diseases, which are responsible for 17% of all deaths of children under five.
The Uganda country study showed that over 75% of the population lack a safe place to go to the toilet and 20% don’t have access to safe water. Furthermore, every year over 8,000 children die from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.
On the positive note, an evaluation of 122 water projects by World Bank found that the effectiveness of a project was at least six times higher when women were involved in the project. Another promising figure is that of the largest part of UNICEF’s expenditure on WASH last year was dedicated to the SSA and amounted to $727.4 million.
NB: The Aid & International Development Forum has released an infographic that explores humanitarian aid and development in Sub-Saharan East Africa. The data has been broken down into four main areas of focus: food security, refugees, WASH and mobile for development. Each week one of the areas is revealed and published on our website. The infographic is a timely release for the upcoming Aid & Development Africa Summit (2-3 February 2016, United Nations Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia). During the two-day summit, international and regional experts will gather to discuss the latest technological innovations, initiatives and best practices providing an opportunity for knowledge exchange and networking amongst public, private and civil society stakeholders. For more information, please visit Africa.aidforum.org