Updated Estimates for Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

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Some 2.2 billion people around the world do not have safely-managed drinking water, while 4.2 billion go without safe sanitation services and three billion lack basic handwashing facilities... The republication of this article is to spread it's value and importance, we do not claim any rights. 

 

The Joint Monitoring Programme report, Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2000-2017: Special focus on inequalities finds that, while significant progress has been made toward achieving universal access to basic water, sanitation and hygiene, there are huge gaps in the quality of services provided.

 

The report reveals that 1.8 billion people have gained access to basic drinking water services since 2000, but there are vast inequalities in the accessibility, availability and quality of these services. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people (785 million) still lack basic services, including the 144 million who drink untreated surface water.

The data shows that 8 in 10 people living in rural areas lacked access to these services and in one in four countries with estimates for different wealth groups, coverage of basic services among the richest was at least twice as high as among the poorest.

 

The report also says that 2.1 billion people have gained access to basic sanitation services since 2000 but in many parts of the world the wastes produced are not safely managed. It also reveals that 2 billion people still lack basic sanitation, among whom 7 out of 10 live in rural areas and one third live in the Least Developed Countries.

 

Learn more about the definitions of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in the JMP ladder.

Access the report Progress on household drinking water, sanitation and hygiene 2000-2017: Special focus on inequalities.

 

By The UN Water Organization

 

Read the original post here: https://www.unwater.org/who-and-unicef-launch-updated-estimates-for-water-sanitation-and-hygiene/

 

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