• Percentage of population with improved sanitation facilities, rural (Line chart)
  • Percentage of population with improved sanitation facilities (%), rural (Map)
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Indicators for monitoring Health 2020 policy targets (WHO)

Health 2020 core indicators were agreed by the WHO European Region Member States for monitoring progress towards the Health 2020 targets. Some of these indicators are based on official WHO sources and other are based on non-WHO sources, such as UNESCO and UNDP. Data from WHO sources can be accessed and queried at national level, while data from non-WHO sources is available in aggregated form, for groups of Member States.

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(15) 4.1.c. Percentage of population with improved sanitation facilities

Living in satisfactory and sanitary housing conditions is one of the most important aspects of people’s lives. An assessment of population well-being thus needs to examine living conditions and whether dwellings have access to facilities – including adequate water and sewage supply – that are considered basic needs and human rights.
The vital importance of sanitation to human health and well-being and its role as an engine of development are well recognized. In this context, it is also crucial to recognize that striking disparities often occur in progress towards providing these services to the population, particularly in the divide between urban and rural populations, even when taking the different starting points into consideration. Use of improved sanitation facilities is a proxy for the use of basic sanitation.

An improved sanitation facility is defined as one that hygienically separates human excreta from human contact. Improved sanitation facilities include:
• flush/pour flush to:
o piped sewer system
o septic tank
o pit latrine;
• ventilated improved pit latrine;
• pit latrine with slab;
• composting toilet.

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