2.3 BILLION PEOPLE HAVE GAINED ACCESS TO AN IMPROVED WATER SOURCE In the past two decades, almost one-third of the world`s population has gained access to an improved drinking water source: of which 1.6 billion have the safest source: a piped drinking water supply. However, that still leaves 748 million people around the world relying on unsafe water and many rural people, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, walking great distances to reach their nearest water source.
CHILD MORTALITY HAS BEEN ALMOST HALVED The global rate of under-five deaths has been cut almost in half over the past two decades. That means six million fewer children died in 2012 than in 1990 – equivalent to 17,000 children a day being saved. While this is encouraging, much more needs to be done to accelerate progress and reduce this even further. Today, 6.6 million children still die from diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria, which can be prevented with the smallest of interventions.