Drinking Water and Sanitation Around the World

About 42% of the world's population, or 2.6 billion people, live in families with no proper means of sanitation, and 1.1 billion do not have access to safe drinking water. Lack of water supply and sanitation services kills about 4,500 children a day.

Drinking Water: Percentage with
Access to Safe Drinking Water

Region19902004
World78%83%
Developed countries10099
Eurasia9293
Developing countries7180
 Northern Africa8991
 Sub-Saharan Africa4956
 Latin America and
  the Caribbean
8391
 Eastern Asia7178
 South Asia7285
 Southeastern Asia7682
 Western Asia8591
 Oceania5150

Sanitation: Percentage with
Access to Basic Sanitation

Region19902004
World49%59%
Developed countries10099
Eurasia8483
Developing countries3550
 Northern Africa6577
 Sub-Saharan Africa3237
 Latin America and
  the Caribbean
6877
 Eastern Asia2445
 South Asia2038
 Southeastern Asia4967
 Western Asia8184
 Oceania5453

Source: WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation.

 

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