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Overview

 1.4 billion people throughout the world live without clean drinking water.

 According to the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, 40 percent of the world’s population, or 2.5 billion people, lack access to safe sanitation facilities. Food and water tainted with fecal matter cause 1.5 million child deaths a year, most of which could be prevented with the introduction of adequate sanitation facilities, along with safe drinking water and improved hygiene.

 More than 130 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean lack access to safe drinking water.

 80 percent of all sickness and disease worldwide is related to contaminated water, according to the World Health Organization; on any given day, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from illnesses associated with the lack of access to safe water and sanitation.

 Bolivia, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua have been shown to have the highest risk of death associated with water, hygiene and sanitation.

 Less than 12% of all international aid donated to combat the effects of inadequate water supply and sanitation went to Central and South American between 2010 and 2011.