Drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in schools: global baseline report 2018 – WHO; UNICEF

Drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in schools: global baseline report 2018. WHO; UNICEF 2018.

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92 countries and five out of eight SDG regions had sufficient data to estimate coverage of basic drinking water services in schools.

69% of schools had a basic drinking water service, defined as an improved source with water available at the time of the survey.

One in four primary schools and one in six secondary schools had no drinking water service. There were insufficient data to calculate global estimates for pre-primary schools.

101 countries and seven out of eight SDG regions had sufficient data to estimate coverage of basic sanitation services in schools.

66% of schools had a basic sanitation service, defined as an improved single-sex facility that is usable at the time of the survey.

12% of schools had a limited sanitation service, defined as an improved facility that is not single-sex or not usable at the time of the survey.

23% of schools had no sanitation service, defined as an unimproved facility or no facility at all.

53% of schools had a basic hygiene service, defined as a handwashing facility with water and soap available at the time of the survey.

11% of schools had a limited hygiene service, defined as a handwashing facility with water but no soap available at the time of the survey.

36% of schools had no hygiene service, defined as no facility or no water available.

Nearly 900 million children worldwide lacked a basic hygiene service at their school.

Coverage of basic hygiene services in schools was below 50% in Oceania and sub-Saharan Africa.

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