Thousands of young women in Africa's Sahel region have a new outlook on life, thanks to a project that empowers them and increases their access to quality education and reproductive, child and maternal health services.
The world made remarkable progress in child survival between 1990 and 2018. The under-5 mortality rate—the probability of a child dying between birth and his or her 5th birthday—fell by over 50% to 39 deaths per 1,000 live births. Mortality among children of ages 5-14 years also fell by over 50% to 7 deaths per 1,000 children. The reduction in the under-5 mortality rate has accelerated and nearly doubled since 2000. It now declines by 3.8% annually, compared to 2% between 1990 and 2000. Read More.
Water subsidies disproportionately benefit higher-income households—a result consistent across the 10 countries analyzed in the recent World Bank report, Doing More With Less - Smarter Subsidies for Water Supply and Sanitation.
Across the 10 countries analyzed—Ethiopia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, El Salvador, Jamaica, Panama, Bangladesh, and Vietnam—existing subsidies tended to target networked services. Since many poorer households rely on water and sanitation access that are not connected to their homes, there is a disproportionate focus of existing subsidies that benefit wealthier families. Read More.
The percentage of people with cell phone subscriptions is now higher than those using sanitation services. In 2000, only 12% of the global population had mobile phone subscriptions. In 2015, the rate is near 97% — a trend consistent across world regions.
These increases in cell phone users far exceed the number of people using at least basic sanitation services, which encompass improved sanitation facilities that are not shared with other households. In 2015, approximately 70% of the global population used at least basic sanitation services — a rate that only increased by 10 percentage points in the last 15 years. Read More.
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