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The number of people without access to water is growing in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is the only region of the world where this is happening. About 387 million people lived without access to basic drinking water services in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2020, up from 350 million people in 2000, according to a WHO/ UNICEF progress report.


By acting now and acting at scale, countries can accelerate #WaterAction, protect and improve lives, and reap economic rewards.


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Victoria Kwakwa

Vice President, Eastern and Southern Africa

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Vice President, Western and Central Africa

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