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The world is moving backwards on sanitation

2.4 billion people will still be living without access to safe sanitation in 2015, missing the Millennium Development Goal target by half a billion people.

  • 2.4 billion people will still be living without improved sanitation in 2015 - missing the Millennium Development Goal target by half a billion people.
  • One in three people globally are still without access to sanitation. Nearly 8 million more people lack access to sanitation in 2011 than in 2010.
  • The number of people without access to safe drinking water has fallen by 16.3 million to 768 million people globally.

Margaret Batty, WaterAid’s Director of Policy and Campaigns, said, “These new figures show that we are continuing to move backwards on sanitation. The figures for Sub-Saharan Africa are particularly worrying, with the number lacking sanitation increasing by 13.7 million to over 610 million people.”

The World Health Organization and UNICEF released the new figures and call for a new set of targets to be approved to achieve global access to water, sanitation and hygiene. Together they call on the UN to eliminate open defecation by 2025 and ensure that everyone has a basic water supply by 2030.

Margaret Batty said, “WaterAid strongly welcomes UNICEF and WHO’s proposals. But we feel that there is scope to be even more ambitious and are calling on international leaders to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030.”

To read a full press release, please go here. For all media enquiries relating to the WaterAid’s participation in the World Walks for Water and Sanitation, please contact the WaterAid Media Team on newsmedia@wateraid.org