An article in Kompas Daily Newspaper.

About 100 million people in Indonesia do not have access to adequate sanitation. As a result, each day approximately 41 million people defecate in unsanitary manner.

Based on data from the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), the percentage of population with access to adequate sanitation facilities in 2011 was 55.60 percent. Meanwhile, residents who are able to access safe drinking water was at 55.40 percent.

“In 2012, access to sanitation was estimated to rise to 57.2 percent and 57 percent for safe drinking water,” said Director of Settlements and Housing of Bappenas, Nugroho Tri Utomo, on the sidelines of Sanitation Jamboree 2013, in Jakarta, Monday (24 June).

Achievement of access to adequate sanitation is still below the target of the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which is 62.41 per cent. Meanwhile, the MDG target for safe drinking water access is 68.8 percent.

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