Water still elusive in rural areas

Water still elusive in rural areas

Every year, 361, 000 children under 5 years of age die due to diarrhoea.

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,

2.1 billion

people (3 in 10 people worldwide) globally lack safe water at home;

Of those…

263 million

spend more than 30 minutes per round trip collecting water.

159 million

drink water directly from surface sources, such as streams, rivers or lakes.

844 million

lack basic drinking water services,

4.5 billion

People (6 in 10) globally have no toilets at home that safely manage sanitation.

Of those people…

2.3 billion

Still do not have basic sanitation services

600 million

share a toilet or latrine with other households

829 million

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.