According to UNICEF, more than half the world's schools lack clean toilets and drinking water, contributing to the waterborne diseases that take two million lives a year, 90% of them children. Young girls lose education and economic opportunity, as female school attendance drops dramatically when clean, safe toilets are unavailable.
In 2006, The Coca-Cola Company's East and Central Africa Division funded one of the Kenya's first schools-based efforts to reduce diarrheal diseases and improve pupil attendance by implementing the Safe Water System developed jointly by the World Health Organization, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pan American Health Organization.
As a result, CARE is implementing a scaled-up program, SWASH+, which will cover 1,500 schools throughout Nyanza Province, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Global Water Challenge.
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