From the Manila Times
SOME 31 Filipinos, mostly children, die everyday from diarrhea due to poor sanitation, according to a recent study of the World Bank (WB) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The study, entitled Economic Impacts of Sanitation in the Philippines, showed P77.8 billion per annum account for additional healthcare costs and lost wages due to poor sanitation. The study was funded by World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) and USAID’s-Environmental Cooperation-Asia. The report cited the Philippines Statistical Yearbook 2008 as stating high incidence of diarrhea cases of more than 38 million per year leads to the premature deaths of 31 Filipinos a day.
The report said 27 million Filipinos do not have toilets and are at risk of ingesting human fecal material. The health impacts of water pollution, and poor sanitation and hygiene comes from contact with human waste through ingestion.