More than a third of the world’s population lacks basic sanitation

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 17 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1520
  1. John Zarocostas,

    About 5.9 billion people, or 87% of the world’s population, used safe drinking water sources in 2008, up from 77% in 1990, says a joint report by Unicef and the World Health Organization.

    However, 884 million people in the world did not get their drinking water from safe sources, says the report. Almost all of these people lived in poor countries, most (84%) in rural areas. In sub-Saharan Africa only 60% of the population used improved water sources.

    Progress to basic sanitation continued to lag behind, however, with nearly 39% …

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