Global Health Observatory (GHO)

Water and sanitation

Highlight on access to safe drinking water: The MDG drinking water target, which calls for halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water between 1990 and 2015, was met in 2010, five years ahead of schedule. While this is a tremendous achievement, continued efforts are needed. In 2012, 748 million people still relied on unimproved drinking water sources

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Improved drinking water sources

748 millionpeople still relied on unimproved drinking water sources in 2012

Data analysis on the use of improved drinking water sources

Improved sanitation facilities

2.5 billionpeople still lacked access to improved sanitation facilities in 2012

Data analysis on the use of improved sanitation facilities

Open defecation

1 billionpeople practised open defecation in 2012

WHO/UNICEF joint monitoring report 2014: Progress on drinking water and sanitation

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