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India sees 31% fall in open defecation over past 25 years, finds WHO

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3965 (Published 21 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3965
  1. Cheryl Travasso
  1. 1Mumbai

An estimated 94% of India’s population now has access to safe drinking water, but about 44% still practises open defecation, a new report has found.

Published by the World Health Organization and Unicef, the report looked at the worldwide improvements in access to water and sanitation, as defined by the millennium development goals set in 2000.1

One of the proposed targets of the millennium development goals was to reduce by half the proportion of the global population without “sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation” by 2015. Thus 77% and 88% of the population should have …

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