Q&A: Achieving Sanitation for All in Africa
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Q&A: Achieving Sanitation for All in Africa

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The Choo Bora Sanitation campaign used marketing to prompt households in rural Tanzania to invest in improved toilets. © Water and Sanitation Program

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Date: Tuesday, May 19 2015 - Friday, May 22, 2015
Location: Online

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.


Sanitation and Hygiene Specialist, UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office
Sanitation and Hygiene Specialist, UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Office
Coordinator, Sanitation and Water for All
Evaluation and Reporting Project Manager African Minister’s Council on Water (AMCOW)
Senior Specialist Water and Sanitation Program, Global Water Practice, World Bank Group
African Ministers’ Council for Water (AMCOW)
Program manager, WASH United, Africa
Programme Manager for Networking & Knowledge Management, WSSCC