A cell phone, but no toilet - this is the reality faced by many slum dwellers around the world. There is digital progress in their countries, but essentials are is lacking: a toilet and a shower. In Kenya’s largest slum Kibera, in Nairobi, residents pay bills digitally with a mobile phone, but have to live with open sewer lines emptying effluent in front of their houses since drainage and sanitation facilities are so limited. There are only 1,000 public toilets to serve the entire Kibera slum population of hundreds of thousands people. As a result, open defecation is still common. This is not only highly unhygienic. Poor or non-existent clean water and sanitation facilities are also linked to high malaria and diarrhoea rates, as in the case of Liberia where these diseases are the leading causes of child mortality.
Providing clean water and sanitation falls under these SDGs:
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. All countries and stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, are starting to implement this plan. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets demonstrate the scale and ambition of this Agenda, which balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental.