- More than 4 billion people globally do not have access to safely managed sanitation services (the SDG indicator) and 3 billion lack access to basic handwashing facilities at home
- Nearly 9% of the world’s population still practice open defecation
- 1 in 3 schools and 1 in 5 health care facilities do not have basic sanitation and hygiene services.
Yet, at the current trajectory, the SDG 6.2 indicator of safely managed sanitation will not be realized until the 22nd century. And when the COVID-19 pandemic is over, the situation of these people will likely be no better.
The challenge is immense, and we applaud all governments for acting - as custodians of public health, as donors and members of the international community - and for responding to the COVID-19 emergency. We also recognize the importance of investing in vaccine development. But we also ask that collectively we do more.
That is why we are calling for a new Fund dedicated to sanitation and hygiene, dedicated to preventing future pandemics by investing in SDG6.2, in sanitation and hygiene systems and services, dedicated to those left behind, and least able to respond.