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Global Health
May 21, 2019

Water and Sanitation Deficits Take a Toll in Armed Conflict Regions

JAMA. 2019;321(19):1861. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.6186

Diarrheal diseases resulting from scarce clean water and sanitation in countries with protracted armed conflicts take more children’s lives than the violence itself, according to a recent United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report.

In 16 countries where conflicts rage, including Afghanistan, Myanmar, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, nearly 3 times more children younger than 15 years and about 20 times more children younger than 5 years die from inadequate water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) facilities than violence.