Children in West and Central Africa

UNICEF in the region

Polio immunization

Child and Maternal Health


HIV/AIDS in the region


Water and sanitation

Child protection


The drinking water ladder

The drinking water ladder presents drinking water coverage as a three-step ladder that includes the proportion of the population using:

  • unimproved drinking water sources;
  • improved drinking water sources other than piped water;
  • water piped into a dwelling, plot or yard.

It also presents progress made since 1990, the reference year for the MDG.

Source: Snapshot of water in Africa, UNICEF/WHO, June 2008



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