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In Indonesia, challenges piling up over equal access to toilets

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, November 19, 2020   /  09:12 am
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A man fills a a bucket with groundwater at a public toilet in Jakarta on March 21, 2017.(AFP/ Bay Ismoyo)

Most people may think that those living in urban areas can easily access toilets with running water. But data suggests otherwise. Data from Statistics Indonesia (BPS) shows a lack of sanitation facilities in both urban and rural regions, with two out of 10 Indonesians nationwide living without access to safely managed sanitation or proper toilets. On average, only 77.39 percent of the population has access to safely managed sanitation services in 2019, with 82.27 percent and 71.17 percent living in urban and rural areas, respectively. The United Nations defines safely managed sanitation as the use of an improved sanitation facility that is not shared with other households and that excretion is safely disposed of on-site and transported and treated off-site. But according to Health Ministry records, about 7.97 million households nationwide still practice open defecation and an...