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Progress In Access To Safe Drinking-Water; Sanitation Needs Greater Efforts
Date:3/15/2010

Open defecation – the riskiest sanitation practice – is on the decline worldwide

GENEVA and NEW YORK, March 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With 87 percent of the world's population or approximately 5.9 billion people using safe drinking-water sources, the world is on track to meet or even exceed the drinking-water target of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), according to the new WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report titled: "Progress on Sanitation and Drinking - Water: 2010 Update Report," released today.

However, with almost 39 percent of the world's population or over 2.6 billion people living without improved sanitation facilities, the report also points out that much more needs to be done to come close to the sanitation MDG target. If the current trend continues unchanged, the international community will miss the 2015 sanitation MDG by almost one billion people.

The good news is that open defecation -- the riskiest sanitation practice of all -- is on the decline worldwide, with a global decrease from 25 percent in 1990 to 17 per cent in 2008, representing a decrease of 168 million people practicing open defecation since 1990. However, this practice is still widespread i
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