The NGO Oxfam Intermón has denounced today that 40 children die every hour in the world due to diarrhea, caused by the lack of sanitation, hygiene and drinking water, a situation that, he assures, would be avoided in almost half of the cases just by washing your hands with soap and water.
In a statement sent to Efe, Oxfam Intermón recalls these data today on the occasion of the commemoration of World Toilet Day, which notes that a total of 842,000 people die each year from diarrhea, caused by inadequate sanitation, lack of hygiene and dirty water.
Of these deaths, according to the NGO, 361,000 correspond to children under 5 years, which means that every hour 40 children die in the world because of diarrhea, they say, in almost half of cases could be avoided with just wash your hands with soap and water.
"The lack of drinking water, sanitation and hygiene triggers mortality rates to unacceptable levels, when those affected by these diseases are as vulnerable as children who are also malnourished, simple diarrhea becomes a matter of life or death, "said José María Vera, CEO of Oxfam Intermón.
According to United Nations data collected by this NGO, 60 percent of the world's population, some 4.5 billion people, do not have toilets in their homes and about 1,800 million people worldwide drink non-potable water that could be contaminated by stool
They add that water in poor condition is the cause of 80% of the diseases in the world and that most of the time it is due to the consumption of dirty water or the lack of sanitation and hygiene.
According to data from Oxfam Intermón, 40 percent of diarrhea deaths in emergencies correspond to children under 5 years of age.
To try to alleviate this situation, the NGO has launched the Christmas campaign #UnGranReto with the aim of getting 62,000 children in emergency situation have clean water to wash their hands and thus avoid the spread of deadly diseases.