New York / Geneva - Around 600 million children worldwide have no access to drinking water and toilets in their schools. This is the result of study published by the World Health Organization () today.
In it, the two organizations reported that they were the first to evaluate data on schools around the world. Accordingly, one in four primary schools alone lacks access to drinking water, and one in three primary schools does not allow pupils to wash their hands. The problem particularly affects the less developed countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Oceania.
Drinking water and sanitary facilities in schools According to the evaluation, they are important so that children do not get sick and so that girls can also attend classes during their period. Toilets, clean water and hand washing also taught the students the importance of hygiene for their own health and that of their families.