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 2011, 768 million people still relied on unimproved drinking water sources.

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Improved drinking water sources

768 millionpeople still relied on unimproved drinking water sources in 2011

Data analysis on the use of improved drinking water sources

Improved sanitation facilities

2.5 billionpeople still lacked access to improved sanitation facilities in 2011

Data analysis on the use of improved sanitation facilities

Open defecation

1 billionpeople practised open defecation in 2011

WHO/UNICEF joint monitoring report 2013: Progress on sanitation and drinking water

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