South Asia faces huge challenges to end open defecation

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Constructing a toilet in Cambodia. Photo: UNICEF

2.5 billion people don't have access to adequate sanitation and just over one billion still practice open defecation—that’s according to the latest United Nations estimates.

Girish Menon from Water Aid, a London-based non-governmental organization, says that to some it is hard to imagine a world where this basic service is not available.

But numbers clearly show that many people live their lives without access to water and sanitation facilities. In fact, 6 million people in India still defecate in the open.

Mr. Menon spoke to UN Radio's Derrick Mbatha about the situation of water, sanitation and sustainable energy in Asia.

Duration:  2’39″

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