Hundreds of millions of people will still not have access to sanitation by 2015 as the UN's Millennium Development Goals are "badly off track" on this topic, the World Health Organisation warned Thursday.
"We are badly off track" to meet the MDG on improvements in sanitation, WHO coordinator for water, sanitation and health Jamie Bartram told journalists in Geneva.
An estimated 1.6 billion people will need access to improved sanitation by 2015 to meet the United Nations' Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on this issue. The UN has declared 2008 to be the International Year of Sanitation to draw attention to the problem.
Speaking at the launch of a joint report by the WHO and UNICEF, Bartram said the outlook was more positive for drinking water.
"Progress on the official target for drinking water is on track. We should halve the proportion of the global population without access to improved water sources by 2015," he said.