Hygienic sanitation facilities are crucial for public health. Despite big improvements , inequalities between and within countries and regions persist, and globally 4.5 billion people still lack safely managed sanitation.
Even more, especially children, get sick by coming into contact with human excreta within their communities through open defecation, flooded latrines and untreated wastewater. Each year, this causes millions of preventable deaths, and increases rates of morbidity and disability from diarrhoea and neglected tropical diseases.
Learn more, check out these resources:
- WHO fact sheet on sanitation.
- Deaths from diarrhoea attributable to lack of sanitation.
- Global progress on access to sanitation.
- Investments in sanitation enabling environment.
- New SDG indicators and definitions for safely managed sanitation and wastewater treatment.
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