UN Photo/Kibae Park
A hill tribe woman washes clothes outside her home in Sapa, Viet Nam.
Lack of sanitation is a serious health risk and an affront to human dignity. It affects billions of people around the world, particularly the poor and disadvantaged. If the trend continues as currently projected, by 2015, 2.7 billion people will be without access to basic sanitation.
Reaching the MDGs drinking water and sanitation target requires upgrading infrastructure in order to provide services to an additional 1.1 billion people and sanitation to an additional 1.6 billion people by 2015. It will also require action to prevent current and future infrastructure falling into disrepair.