Water and Sanitation

© UNICEF PNG, 2006
In rural areas of Papua New Guinea, nine out of every 10 persons do not have access to potable water.

The total renewable water resources available per person in Papua New Guinea is around 170 thousand cubic meters - an amount considered to be very high compared to most countries. Despite this abundance of raw water, access to safe drinking water is quite low. In rural areas, where 87 percent of the population lives, only nine percent of water is potable while the mean for the entire country stands at 17 percent. Most rural households depend on unsafe water from rivers, springs, ponds, lakes or dams. Only 39 percent of rural households have access to a latrine, while the mean for the country is 45 percent. With the foregoing picture, it is not surprising that diarrhea and worm infestations are a common cause of illness, malnutrition and deaths in Papua New Guinean children.

UNICEF supports activities to expand access to safe water and sanitation by:


© UNICEF, 2004, Pirrozi
Pit latrines like this can contribute positively to avoiding many preventable diseases.

With these actions, the following impacts are realized:




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