2.4bn will lack improved sanitation in 2015: WHO

About one-third of the world’s population — 2.4 billion people — will remain without access to improved sanitation in 2015, according to a joint WHO/Unicef report issued on Monday. The report — Progress on sanitation and drinking-water 2013 update, warns that at the current rate of progress, the 2015 millennium development goal (MDG) target of halving the proportion of the 1990 population without sanitation will be missed by 8 per cent, or half a billion people.