19-02-12 West Africa Regional Snapshot EN 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. • Less than 20% of region’s rural population and just less than 40% of the urban population have access to at least basic sanitation(2). • Open defecation is a predominantly rural issue in West Africa, 42% of the rural population practice open defecation. This average figure masks several countries with considerably higher rates of OD (range 2%-85%)(2) • Hygiene practice is also low – only 8% rural and 20% urban households in the region have basic handwashing with soap facilities (2,3).

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