2 billion people in the world drink contaminated water: WHO

WION Delhi, India Apr 13, 2017, 09.44 AM(IST)

The WHO report calls for mobilising financing through new sources. (Picture source: Wikimedia Commons) Photograph:( Others )

The World Health Organisation has said that almost two billion people across the world do not have access to clean drinking water.

"Today, almost two billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio," says Dr Maria Neira, WHO Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health.

According to a report published by WHO, countries are not increasing their spending to meet the water and sanitation targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs replaced the Millennium Development Goals which expired in 2015.

Universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water is one of the targets mentioned under the SDGs.

The report talks about tripling capital financing to $114 billion to meet the target.

Despite increased budgetary allocation in areas of clean water, sanitation and hygiene, 80% of the countries report that water, sanitation and hygiene financing is still not enough to meet nationally-defined targets.

The report calls for mobilising financing through new sources. 

"Increased investments in water and sanitation can yield substantial benefits for human health and development, generate employment and make sure that we leave no one behind," Guy Ryder, Chair of UN-Water and Director-General of the International Labour Organization said.