Millions lack access to basic sanitation in Eastern, Southern Africa


Millions of people lack access to basic sanitation despite the progress towards ensuring basic services for all.

Over 200 million people live in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania, 81 per cent lacked access to basic sanitation and 93 per cent lacked access to safe sanitation services by 2017.

The industry consultation is an opportunity for stakeholders to work together and design country-specific market shaping interventions to address the challenges of unsafely managed sanitation.

According to recent estimates, over half of the global population or 4.2 billion people across the world lack safe sanitation, 701 million use unimproved facilities, and 673 million people practice open defecation

UNICEF is gathering development partners, private sector, financial institutions and government representatives on 25-26 June in Nairobi (Kenya) on its pledge to support 60 million people access at least basic sanitation services by 2021. This hopefully will accelerate market-based solutions for making toilets and sanitation services more affordable and accessible for households in the Eastern and Southern Africa region.

According UNICEF’s Supply Division Director, Etleva Kadilli “the collective efforts of industry, governments, financiers and development partners are essential to help shape local markets that will make safely-managed sanitation services available at scale to those who need them the most. These industry consultations are instrumental for exploring innovative ways of transforming local sanitation market structures towards this shared vision.” 

Without safe toilets and waste management systems, diseases such as cholera, typhoid and diarrhea can spread easily. UNICEF is committed to achieving equitable access to adequate sanitation and hygiene for all and to end open defecation by 2030.

Sanitation in Eastern and Southern Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania)