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A REPORT CARD ON WATER AND SANITATION: NUMBER 5, SEPTEMBER 2006 View Previous Editions>

Regional progress

Safe water

In assessing progress, four developing regions – East Asia/Pacific, Middle East/North Africa, South Asia and Latin America/Caribbean – are on track to meet their MDG targets for safe water.   
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Basic sanitation

Three regions are on track to meet their MDG targets for basic sanitation: Latin America/Caribbean, East Asia/Pacific and Middle East/North Africa.
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Disparities

Among the largest disparities in safe water and basic sanitation are those between urban and rural populations. Globally, access to improved drinking-water sources is 95 per cent in urban areas, compared with 73 per cent in rural areas.
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