J Urban Health https://doi.org/10.1007/s11524-018-0267-1 The Sustainable Development Goal for Urban Sanitation: Africa’s Statistical Tragedy Continues? Robert M. Buckley & Achilles Kallergis The New York Academy of Medicine 2018 Abstract Sanitation delivery in the urban areas of sub- that the measure should be changed to include some Saharan African countries has been a chronic issue, shared facilities. Following the Working Group’s recom- particularly difficult to tackle. Under the Millennium mendation would have avoided the adverse conse- Development Goals, the sanitation target in urban sub- quences of continued reliance on a key component of SaharanAfricawasmissedbyawidemarginand the methodology used for monitoring sanitation improve- witnessed almost no improvement. After 2 years of re- ments under the Millennium Development Goals. The view, the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme paper discusses the limitations of this methodology in the published a new measure of access to sanitation as a context of urban sub-Saharan Africa, where current san- baseline for the Sustainable Development Goals. There itation conditions are seriously lacking, and the signifi- are a number of improvements in the new measure. cant future urban population growth will add more pres- However, despite the improvements, the new measure sure for the delivery of vital sanitation services. continues to
Journal of Urban Health – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 1, 2018
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