Silent Emergency: Providing access to sanitation for all

saniOriginally published on the United Nations Environment Programme website

Providing access to sanitation for all is both the key public health challenge of our time and a moral obligation

Two and a half billion people live without access to improved sanitation and hygiene facilities, 1 billion currently defecate in the open and 748 million live without safe drinking water. The world may have 6 billion mobile phone subscriptions, but only 4.5 billion people have access to a toilet.

This is a silent health emergency of enormous proportions. But the challenge is not only a moral one. Sanitation and hygiene are engines that drive health, social and economic development, and contribute to a cleaner environment. Continue reading