Global Health Observatory (GHO) data

Water and sanitation

Joint Monitoring Programme 2017 update and SDG baselines: Billions of people have gained access to basic drinking water and sanitation services since 2000, but these services do not necessarily provide safe water and sanitation. Many homes, healthcare facilities and schools also still lack soap and water for handwashing. This puts the health of all people – but especially young children – at risk for diseases, such as diarrhoea. Safe water, sanitation and hygiene at home should not be a privilege of only those who are rich or live in urban centres,” says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “These are some of the most basic requirements for human health, and all countries have a responsibility to ensure that everyone can access them.

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Drinking water

71%of the world’s population used safely managed drinking water services in 2015

Data analysis on the use of basic and safely managed drinking water services


2.3 billionpeople still lacked basic sanitation services in 2015

Data analysis on the use of basic and safely managed sanitation services


15%of people in Sub-Saharan Africa had basic handwashing facilities with soap and water at home in 2015

WHO/UNICEF joint monitoring report 2015: Progress on drinking water and sanitation

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