Mortality and burden of disease from water and sanitation
Situation and trends
Burden of diarrhoeal diseases related to WSH
In the year 2012, water, sanitation and hygiene was responsible for 842 000 annual deaths from diarrhoea, and 1.5% of the global burden of disease (in Disability-Adjusted Life Years or DALYs). This makes this risk factor an important environmental contributor to ill health. Most diarrhoeal deaths in the world are caused by unsafe water, sanitation or hygiene.
Extended burden of disease estimates related to WSH
All together, improvements related to drinking-water, sanitation, hygiene, and water resource management could result in the reduction of almost 10% of the total burden of disease worldwide.
In addition to diarrhoea, an important share of the following diseases could be prevented if adequate water quality and quantity, sanitation facilities, hygiene behaviour, as well as water resource management interventions were implemented:
- Intestinal nematode infections
- Lymphatic filariasis
- Other infectious diseases