Q&A: Achieving Sanitation for All in Africa
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Date: Tuesday, May 19 2015 - Friday, May 22, 2015
Despite significant gains – almost 1.9 billion people gained access to toilets or latrines since 1990 – sanitation remains one of the most off-track Millennium Development Goals (MDG) globally. Only 64% of the world’s population has access to improved sanitation, and 70% of the Sub-Saharan Africa population still lack access.
Additionally, of the 27 countries around the world with highest rates of open defecation, 19 are in Africa. Open defecation, especially in densely populated communities, represents a health and security risk to individuals and a serious public health risk to communities. Given the health, economic, gender, and other impacts from inadequate sanitation, addressing this issue for all of Africa’s citizens is urgent. Ahead of the AfricaSan conference, our panelists discussed what it will take to achieve sanitation for all in Africa.