Progress on sanitation and drinking-water
13 May 2013 -- The report Progress on sanitation and drinking-water warns that the world continues to be off-track to meet the MDG sanitation target. At this current rate, 2.4 billion people will remain without improved sanitation in 2015. The report confirms that the world met the MDG target on water for 2010, but highlights regional disparities, indicating that people in Sub-Saharan Africa and Oceania have a coverage of only 63% and 56% respectively, considerably below the global coverage.
- Fact sheet on arsenic in drinking-water
- Fact sheet on dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease)
- Fact file on sanitation and health
- Information sheets on water-related diseases
WHO works on aspects of water, sanitation and hygiene where the health burden is high, where interventions could make a major difference and where the present state of knowledge is poor. Our work is divided into six core activities:
- Drinking-water quality management
- Water supply and sanitation monitoring
- Cholera surveillance and prevention
- Water and sanitation in different settings
- Water resources management
- Other activities (including economic aspects, climate change, and the Millenium Development Goals).