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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Progress on achieving SDG 6

2020 Voluntary National Review

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reported that through the work of the National Healthy Villages and Schools Program (PNEVA) under UNICEF, 10,145 villages and 2,626 schools are certified as healthy, and the number of people with access to water supply, sanitation and hygiene services improved to 8 million, as well as the number of children with access to a healthy school environment is up to 1 million.  

However, DRC reported a weak improvement in national access to water and degradation of sanitation. They highlight some barriers to sustainable development regarding SDG 6, as a decline in public resources devoted to water and sanitation. They also reported that solutions to sanitation issues are urgently needed, as access to sanitation has been stagnant for years, with percentages falling from 29.5 in 2017 to 22 in 2018. They also note that open defecation is still practiced by 12% of households and at least one third of the poorest households.  

DRC stated that achieving universal WASH coverage by 2030 in the DRC would require increased investment in the sector and significant policy reforms. In order to work towards this goal, DRC has developed the Center de Santé Assaini in 11 of its 26 provinces. The Center de Santé Assaini will assist in integrating the minimum standards required in water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as government implementation of a WASH strategy to improve low access levels.  

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*The information reflected on this page has been taken directly from the official VNR received from this Member State. The information does not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations.