Slow progress on sanitation puts 2.6 billion people at risk

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 02 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:528
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    The world is on course to meet drinking water targets for 2015, but slow progress on sanitation means that 40% of the world's population is at risk of disease or death, a new report has warned.

    More than 2.6 billion people lack access to basic sanitation and 1.1 billion still use unsafe drinking water, says the report from the World Health Organization and Unicef, published last week.

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    Collecting water from the Yellow River, China


    Global sanitation coverage rose from 49% of the population in 1990 to 58% in 2002, but the report …

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