Water Scarcity in Egypt
Growing Concerns, and Partnerships
A 2021 UNICEF report shows that climate and environmental hazards have devastating impacts on the well-being of children globally with 920 million children – over 1/3 of children globally! – are currently highly exposed to water scarcity. In #Egypt, the issue of water scarcity is taken very seriously as a major challenge now and for the years to come. Egypt is facing an annual water deficit of around seven billion cubic metres and the country could run out of water by 2025, when it is estimated that 1.8 billion people worldwide will live in absolute water scarcity (source: IPS) and climate change is a key part of the problem. Children are more vulnerable, and less able to withstand shocks such as droughts and heatwaves. They are also physiologically more vulnerable to toxic substances. Lead and other forms of pollution that can be found in untreated water affect children more than adults.