WA_MNCH1.5 million children die each year from water-related diseases that could be prevented through WASH. Women and girls feel both the physical, economic and social effects of walking long distances to carry heavy buckets of water and of missed school due to lack of sanitation facilities. Access to WASH improves maternal, newborn, and child health in a multitude of ways and has effects that can last for generations. In communities with adequate WASH, maternal mortality decreases because of hygiene practices around birth, infant mortality decreases because of decreased water-related diseases that disproportionately affect children and improved maternal hygiene, and handwashing by children results in gains in global development quotients such as height, weight and social skills.

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