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Sadly, water, sanitation and hygiene still not for all Indonesians

  • Silvia Anastasia Landa


Jakarta   /   Fri, March 22, 2019   /  03:35 pm
Sadly, water, sanitation and hygiene still not for all Indonesians Water is a human right. (

Water is a human right. The right to water means everyone has the right without discrimination to adequate, safe, accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic use, which consists of water for drinking, personal and household sanitation and hygiene, washing of clothes, food preparation, etc. Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are grouped together because of their codependent nature. Without toilets, water sources become contaminated; without clean water, basic hygiene practices are not possible. We can also say WASH cannot be separated not just for survival, but also as they are interconnected rights. Can everyone in Indonesia claim and benefit from their right to safe water? Sadly, the answer is, “No, not yet.” Statistics Indonesia (BPS) revealed that last year only 74 percent of the population had access to adequate drinking water. The lack of access ...

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