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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development


Progress on achieving SDG 6

The country highlights that from 2015 to 2020, the access rate drinking water has gone from 25% to 47%, and improved sanitation increased by 25% at 46%.

Nonetheless, inequalities persist in access for drinking water, sanitation services and hygiene. More than half of the population (57%) do not have access to an improved water source. A quarter of the population (25%) in rural areas do not have access to safe and constant drinking water.

Just under half (45%) do not have no access to sanitation services based. A little over a third of the population, still in rural areas (36%) do not have access to a basic hygiene installation.

Open defecation is a of the main issues in of sanitation and hygiene in Madagascar. The open defecation rate increased between 2000 and 2015. In 2017, this rate is estimated at 44.6% or more than 10 million people including 9 million in rural areas. This situation impact on health because 13.8% of children under 5 suffer from diarrhea, 5.9% of acute respiratory infections (ARI), 16.8% of fever and 42% of children are late growth resulting from malnutrition chronic or recurrent.

Read the full report here: VNR_Report_Madagascar


*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.