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Water and Sanitation in Mali
Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world (178th out of 182 according to the UN ). In Mali, access to water is a daily struggle. People in rural villages can spend all day collecting water in the dry season. As climatic changes bring a reduction in rainfall, wells and water points are drying out earlier in the year and water tables dropping deeper. 4.9 million people across Mali live without a safe water supply. This increasing water scarcity is compounded by severe poverty. In addition, nearly seven million Malians do not have access to adequate sanitation, which has lasting impacts on their health; water and sanitation related diseases are common, contributing to a very low life expectancy of 48.