Slow and unsteady
SUB-SAHARAN Africa and South Asia continue to see stunted progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for drinking water access and sanitation. A recently released global progress report by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund highlights the poor growth of the two regions, while saying 116 countries have met the goals for drinking water access and 77 countries for sanitation.
It says despite accelerated efforts to improve drinking water access, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa continue to have the lowest levels of coverage. As a result, two out of every five people without access to drinking water live in Africa. The report says 46 countries still have less than half their population without access to improved sanitation facility. The report also says South Asia is improving its sanitation coverage at a higher rate than sub-Saharan Africa.
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