Cambodia faces challenges in improving sanitation and hygiene

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Constructing a toilet in Cambodia. Photo: UNICEF

Improving hygiene through use of latrines and hand washing with soap and water, protecting water sources from contamination remain key challenges for Cambodia.

Patrick Maigua reports.

According to the United Nations children's agency (UNICEF), less than one in three Cambodians have access to latrines and hand washing facilities, one of the lowest rates in Southeast Asia.

Nearly 70 per cent of Cambodia’s rural population-roughly 6.4 million people still practice open defecation as their principle sanitation option.

Cambodia is among the countries that remain off track to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDGs) on sanitation.

To find out more about this Patrick Maigua spoke with Belinda Abraham, UNICEF’s Chief Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Section in Cambodia.

Duration: 5’14″

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