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A new Summary Analysis Report linking drinking water and sanitation to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals is now available for download here.

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Key Findings

  1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger – The prevalence of underweight children under five years of age is related to increasing water access (p = 0.028).
  2. Achieve universal primary education – A statistically significant relationship was not found between access to improved water and net enrollment in primary school (p = 0.098), nor was a significant relationship found in the case of sanitation (p = 0.469).
  3. Promote gender equality and empower women – The ratio of girls to boys in primary education was found to be related to access to an improved water source (p = 0.006).
  4. Reduce child mortality – Decreased under-five mortality was found to be related to increased water access (p<0.001) and improved sanitation (p<0.001). Similarly, increased access to an improved water source has also been found to be related to infant mortality rate (p<0.001). This relationship retains its significance with improved sanitation (p<0.001).
  5. Improve maternal health – Increased water access was found to be significantly associated with decreased maternal mortality ratio (p = 0.008). A similar relationship was found in the case of improved sanitation (p = 0.009).
  6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases – Increased access to water was found to be significantly associated with decreased percentage of under 5 mortality due to diarrhoeal diseases (p<0.001).
  7. Ensure environmental sustainability – The improvement of water quality, in part through the expansion of improved sanitation, is essential to protecting environmental resources, and reducing land degradation.
  8. Develop a global partnership for development – The provision of safe water and sanitation must be considered as an important part of a global development agenda. In areas which face significant challenges in relation to water and sanitation, these issues will create major obstacles to sustainable development.