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Currently over a third of African’s, 325 million, lack access to clean drinking water, while over 70%, 643 million, go without basic sanitation. A lack of access to these services costs sub-Saharan Africa over $50 billion USD every year in health care costs and lost productivity, more than the continent receives in aid. Nearly half a million African’s (481,000) die every year because of diarrhoea diseases attributable to a lack of access to water, sanitation and hygiene. A lack of access to these essential services is also understood have a substantial impact on the prevalence and mortality associated with pneumonia, and under-nutrition on the continent. The UN has estimated that half the hospital beds in developing countries are filled with people suffering from diseases caused by poor water, sanitation and hygiene.