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The true cost of poor sanitation

Lack of access to sanitation cost the global economy US$222.9 billion in 2015, up from US$182.5 billion in 2010, a rise of 22%. 

This report uses the same economic assumptions from previous research undertaken by the World Bank's Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), and uses modelling techniques to build on this prior work to produce an updated and comprehensive estimation of the cost of poor sanitation in 110 countries.

The model calculates costs associated to poor sanitation in relation to four of the most significant dimensions originally analysed by the WSP: mortality, productivity, healthcare and access.

The report identifies three priority areas that will be key in ensuring sustainable sanitation solutions for all:

  • Political will and action
  • Innovative solutions
  • Cross-sector collaboration
TitleThe true cost of poor sanitation
Publication TypeResearch Report
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsLixil, Japan, WA, Economics, O
Pagination13 p. fig., photogr.
Date Published08/2016
PublisherLixil
Place PublishedTokyo, Japan
Publication LanguageEnglish
Keywordsaccess to sanitation, costs, health impact, mortality, productivity
Abstract

Lack of access to sanitation cost the global economy US$222.9 billion in 2015, up from US$182.5 billion in 2010, a rise of 22%. 

This report uses the same economic assumptions from previous research undertaken by the World Bank's Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), and uses modelling techniques to build on this prior work to produce an updated and comprehensive estimation of the cost of poor sanitation in 110 countries.

The model calculates costs associated to poor sanitation in relation to four of the most significant dimensions originally analysed by the WSP: mortality, productivity, healthcare and access.

The report identifies three priority areas that will be key in ensuring sustainable sanitation solutions for all:

  • Political will and action
  • Innovative solutions
  • Cross-sector collaboration
URLhttp://www.lixil.com/en/sustainability/pdf/the_true_cost_of_poor_sanitation_e.pdf
Citation Key82038

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