IRIN Examines Access To Water And Sanitation In Zambia

IRIN examines access to water and sanitation in Zambia, where “only 58 percent of Zambians have access to adequate sanitation and 13 percent lack any kind of toilet,” according to a 2008 study by the local non-governmental organization Water and Sanitation Forum.

“While the government has improved water and sanitation in urban areas, this is not the case in unplanned, high-density peri-urban settlements … where residents complain that lack of space and poor soil make it difficult to construct latrines, and a haphazard road network has contributed to a serious drainage problem,” IRIN writes. An unnamed government official told IRIN, “Sanitation has always been the most neglected and off-track of the Millennium Development Goals, with little funding or political will to address the crisis” (8/11).