Clean water, sanitation concerns remain

Low investment in infrastructure development has left many Indonesians with no access to potable water and basic sanitation, and the problem is particularly acute in rural areas, according to a report.

The Health Ministry’s latest report on the country’s progress toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) shows the number of families with proper access to safe and sustainable sources of drinking water and basic sanitation facilities is far lower than the targets.

To give people greater access to sanitation, the ministry has developed several programs, including the acceleration of the development of sanitation in residential areas (PPSP) in 330 regencies and municipalities; society-based sanitation facilities (STBM) in 20,000 villages and the development of “healthy regencies and municipalities.”

Source: The Jakarta Post

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