According to a recent analysis by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank Global Water Practice's Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) in key countries, over 50 percent of households with children under age three reported that the feces of their children were unsafely disposed of the last time they defecated. 

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In order to end poverty by 2030, everyone needs to do their part, even kids. And they can start by pooping in the toilet and washing their hands. That was the message that Raya, Sesame Street’s global health ambassador, brought to the World Bank headquarters this week.

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Video: World Bank Live Event

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Despite significant gains, sanitation remains one of the most off-track Millennium Development Goals (MDG) globally. Given the health, economic, gender, and other impacts from inadequate sanitation, addressing this issue for all of Africa’s citizens is urgent. Ahead of the AfricaSan conference, panelists discussed what it would take to achieve sanitation for all in Africa. 

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Website: AfricaSan

Lack of access to sanitation carries significant human costs. Poor sanitation, water, and hygiene lead to about 700,000 premature deaths annually. It is also estimated that 443 million school days are lost every year due to water, sanitation, and hygiene related diseases.

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An initiative by the World Bank Group’s Water and Sanitation Programs’ Mitra Prima program is helping professionalize community-based water-service providers by helping them build skills in technical and managerial capacity, governance, and financial management.

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