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Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in schools: 2000-2021 data update

Around the world, 546 million schoolchildren still lack a basic drinking water service at their school; 539 million schoolchildren don't have a basic toilet, and over 800 million schoolchildren lack basic facilities with soap and water to wash their hands, according to this latest JMP report by the WHO/UNICEF.

Schools are places where health and nutrition are nurtured and children develop lifelong healthy habits and behaviours. They should not be places where children fall sick with infection due to a lack of access to water, sanitation and hygiene services. Yet according to the latest WHO/UNICEF JMP report, around the world, 546 million schoolchildren still lack a basic drinking water service at their school; 539 million schoolchildren don't have a basic toilet, and over 800 million schoolchildren lack basic facilities with soap and water to wash their hands.