About 3 children die every minute as a result of diarrhoea. That's 4,100 every day. That's about 1.5 million children each year. This is the fact highlighted on this 2nd day of a week for children in Christian Aid's Lent 'Count Your Blessings' calendar.
According to the World Health Organisation diarrhoea is the second leading cause of deaths in children under 5 years, accounting for 1 in 5 child deaths. The scandal is that most of these are preventable through clean water, sanitation, simple treatment measures etc.
It has taken me about 15 minutes to prepare this post. In that time around the world about 45 children will have died of diarrhoea and many of those need not have died.
Christian Aid suggests you give £1 if you have not been ill in the past month. I haven't been ill, so that's another £1 in the kitty for Christian Aid.