Diarrhea is more prevalent throughout the developing world largely due to the lower levels of access to safe drinking water and sanitation, along with poorer overall health, hygiene, and nutritional status.
It is estimated that in the 1980s a child died approximately every six seconds from diarrhea.
Half of the hospital beds in the world are occupied by patients suffering from diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.
It is estimated that nearly 10% of the global disease burden could be reduced through improved water supply, sanitation, hygiene, and water resource management.
88% of global cases of diarrhoea is estimated to be attributable to unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene.
90% of the deaths due to diarrheal diseases are children under 5 years old, mostly in developing countries.