2015 is the deadline for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and it's the time to reflect on the progress made.
WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation was established in 1990 and has monitored water changes in national, regional and global coverage ever since.
Their latest report "Progress on sanitation and drinking water: 2015 update and MDG assessment" looks at how far we have come in the past 25 years and how far we still have to go to achieve universal access to sanitation and safe drinking water.
This feature "5 things you need to know" gives you the highlights of the report and the MDG achievement.
(Source: UN Women)
The Guardian published this feature "Access to clean water and sanitation around the world - mapped" - using new data collected by the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme.
From the feature:
Around the world, 946 million people still go to the toilet outside. Eritrea is top of the list, with 77% of its population practising open defecation, a practice which can lead to the contamination of drinking water sources, and the spread of diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, dysentry, hepatitis A and typhoid. A huge global effort has been focused on reducing these numbers and new data from the WHO/Unicef Joint Monitoring Programme, which has measured the progress made on access to drinking water and sanitation since 1990, shows that there have been improvements in certain areas.
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