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Two Billion People Drinking Faecel Contaminated Water

PRESS NOTE > INDIA

Two Billion People Drinking Faecel Contaminated Water
Today, almost 2 billion people use a source of drinking-water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting diseases like cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio. Countries don't invest fast enough to meet Sustainable Development Goals water & sanitation targets. The report welcomed the fact that countries had on average raised their annual budgets for water, sanitation and hygiene by 4.9 percent over the past three years. But 80 percent of countries acknowledge that their financing is still not enough to meet their nationally-set targets for increasing access to safe water and sanitation, it found. In many developing countries, current national coverage targets are based on achieving access to basic infrastructure, which may not always provide continuously safe and reliable services. The World Bank has meanwhile estimated that investments in infrastructure will need to triple to $114 billion per year not including operating and maintenance costs in order to meet the SDG targets. Increased investments in water and sanitation can yield substantial benefits for human health and development, generate employment and make sure that we leave no one behind.
From The Desk of Dr. Prithvi Singh Ravish Ambassador at Large & Vice Chair for Asia IHRC

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