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Our response to mid-term review

Following the publication of the Mid-Term Review, WaterAid has welcomed the Coalition Government's re-commitment to provide access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene by 2015.

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7 Jan 2013 | UK

Following the publication of the Mid-Term Review, WaterAid has welcomed the Coalition Government's re-commitment to provide access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene by 2015

WaterAid's Chief Executive, Barbara Frost, said: "It is critical that investment in water and sanitation remains high on the development agenda and we look forward to continuing to work with the coalition government to encourage this. The Millennium Development Goal target on sanitation is currently one of the most off track of all the targets, with more than 2.5 billion people around the world still living without a decent toilet and a further 783 million people without access to safe water to drink. Without greater priority on these often ignored but essential services children will continue to die needlessly. We welcome the coalition's continued leadership on this."

 The 2015 goal to halve the proportion of people living without sanitation is running over 150 years behind schedule in Sub-Saharan Africa. Every year around 700,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation - that's almost 2,000 children a day. Funding for water and sanitation infrastructure is lacking by US$115 million a year in Sub-Saharan countries.

With government support and that of the public, WaterAid reached 1.6 million people with safe water and 1.9 million people with sanitation in 2011/12.