Do you know how clean your country is?! A coalition of statistics on population density, water sanitation and hygiene for 100 countries throws up disturbing trends. Here it goes:
– There is a direct link between sanitation and infant mortality. Take Afghanistan. Here, 87 percent and 88 percent of the population lack access to improved water supply and sanitation respectively. This translates into deaths of 48,000 children per annum.
– In Rwanda 92 percent of excrement is not disposed off safely. This is followed by Afghanistan and Ethiopia at 88 percent.
– Among the surveyed countries, Bangladesh has the highest population density of 1,019 people per square kilometer. Mongolia has the least at 2 people per square kilometer.
– 5,19,500 Indian children die annually due to lack of sanitation and poor hygiene. The under-five mortality rate is 93.
– Out of the hundred countries studied, Sierra Leone has the highest under-five infant mortality rate at 316, followed by Afghanistan at 257.
– In both Afghanistan and Ethiopia, 88 percent of excrement is not disposed off safely. Indians generate 101.4 million metric tones of excrement per annum and 72 percent isn’t disposed off.