The United Nations have set Millenium Development Goals for improving water and sanitation access across the world by 201510. Although some say we will meet the goal for water access, we are still far behind the sanitation goal13. The number of people without access to inadequate sanitation is still increasing.
Most of the progress in water and sanitation improvement has been in rural areas, which still have worse conditions than most urban areas. But note the following problems with urbanization.
Total Child Diarrheal Deaths*
Annual Urban Growth
GDP per capita:
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*All Deaths reflected on this page are from diarrheal disease in children one month to five years old.
All data in the graph is from Gapminder Foundation6.