A Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report, by WHO and UNICEF and released last month has concluded that too many people still lack access, particularly in rural areas.
“Safe water, sanitation and hygiene at home should not be a privilege of only those who are rich or live in urban centres,” says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.
As of 2015,
people (3 in 10 people worldwide) globally lack safe water at home;
spend more than 30 minutes per round trip collecting water.
drink water directly from surface sources, such as streams, rivers or lakes.
lack basic drinking water services,
People (6 in 10) globally have no toilets at home that safely manage sanitation.
Of those people…
Still do not have basic sanitation services
share a toilet or latrine with other households
defecate in the open.
As a result, every year, 361, 000 children under 5 years of age die due to diarrhoea.
Access to water and soap for hand washing varies immensely worldwide
Only 1 in 4
people in low-income countries have handwashing facilities with soap and water at home
14% Of People In Sub-saharan Africa have facilities
76% in Western Asia and Northern Africa have facilities
SOURCE: WHO&UNICEF Progress on Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Update and SDG Baselines 2017.