WHO: Accelerated action needed to ensure safe drinking-water, sanitation and hygiene for all

17 December, 2022

Extract below from a WHO news item and a comment from me. Full text here: https://www.who.int/news/item/14-12-2022-accelerated-action-needed-to-en...

14 December 2022 News release

Urgent action is needed globally and locally to achieve safe and sustainably managed water, sanitation and hygiene for all in order to prevent devastating impacts on the health of millions of people.

Findings from WHO and UN-Water’s Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) report show that acceleration is needed in many countries to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 – water and sanitation for all by 2030.

While 45% of countries are on track to achieve their nationally-defined drinking-water coverage targets, only 25% of countries are on track to achieve their national sanitation targets. Less than a third of countries reported to have sufficient human resources required to carry out key drinking-water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) functions.

The GLAAS 2022 report, which details the latest status of WASH systems in more than 120 countries, is the largest data collection from the greatest number of countries to date...

COMMENT (NPW): For me, this news item raises the question: What can be done to better support governments (and communities) with relevant, reliable, practical information to improve sanitation and hygiene?

Dr Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator

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