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Billions Lack Access To WASH, Inequalities Persist, U.N. Report Says

News outlets discuss a report released by the WHO and UNICEF highlighting inequalities in access to clean drinking water and sanitation.

IRIN: WASH gains mask growing inequalities
“Inequalities in access to clean drinking water and sanitation persist and in some cases are getting worse, although close to two billion people globally have gained access to clean drinking water and sanitation since 1990, according to new data from the World Health Organization and the U.N. Children’s Fund…” (5/8).

Reuters: One billion people still defecate in public despite health risks — U.N.
“One billion people worldwide still practice ‘open defecation’ and they need to be told that this leads to the spread of fatal diseases, U.N. experts said on Thursday at the launch of a study on drinking water and sanitation…” (Miles, 5/8).

U.N. News Centre: Too many people still lack basic drinking water and sanitation — U.N. report
“Despite a narrowing disparity in access to cleaner water and better sanitation between rural and urban areas, sharp inequalities still persist around the world, says a new United Nations report…” (5/8).

VOA News: Billions Still Lack Access to Safe Drinking Water, Sanitation
“Two leading U.N. agencies are calling for greater action to provide safe drinking water and basic sanitation to more than three billion people. A joint report by the World Health Organization and U.N. Children’s Fund says more must be done to close the gap between the billions who have access to improved water and sanitation and those who do not…” (Schlein, 5/8).

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