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Sanitation and Pit Latrines

A pit-latrine is a type of toilet that collects human waste.

Why This Matters:

A pit latrine once properly built and maintained can contribute to the progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals target of increasing access to sanitation To end open defecation, pit latrines would be an acceptable form of toilet if they have adequate ventilation, a septic tank and some form of shelter and additionally would be considered ‘improved sanitation’ facilities.

 Measures and Limitations


Sanitation and Pit Latrines in the Sustainable Development Goals

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6. Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
6. Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

6. Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in. There is sufficient fresh water on the planet to achieve this. But due to bad economics or poor infrastructure, every year millions of people, most of them children, die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene.

Water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation negatively impact food security, livelihood choices and educational opportunities for poor families across the world. Drought afflicts some of the world’s poorest countries, worsening hunger and malnutrition.

By 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of fresh water.

Related Sanitation and Pit Latrines Targets


By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations