Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene 2000–2017

Special focus on inequalities

Mara, 5, and Nisa, 8, are no longer afraid of drinking water. Since UNICEF’s intervention to bring water supply to their home in Bateay District, their family is having few health issues.


The WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene presents updated national, regional and global estimates for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in households in its 2019 update report, Progress on Household Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene 2000–2017: Special focus on inequalities. The report shows that in 2017:

  • The population using safely managed drinking water services increased from 61 per cent to 71 per cent
  • The population using safely managed sanitation services increased from 28 per cent to 45 per cent
  • 60 per cent of the global population had basic handwashing facilities with soap and water at home

The report also focuses on inequalities between and within countries and reveals populations most at risk of being left-behind.

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