19-02-12 Southern Africa Regional Snapshot FINAL



TRACKING THE NGOR DECLARATION VISION Achieve universal access to adequate and sustainable sanitation and hygiene services and eliminate open defecation by 2030 • The vision of the Ngor Commitments on Sanitation and Hygiene predates, but closely aligns to SDG targets 1.4 and 6.2. • Approximately one third of region’s rural population, and 60% of the urban population have access to at least basic sanitation. • Open defecation is a predominantly rural issue in Southern Africa, one third of the rural population practice open defecation. Three countries in the region have rural open defecation rates over 50%. • Hygiene practice is also low – only 17% rural and 38% urban households in the region have basic handwashing with soap facilities (3, 4).

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