6.2.1 Proportion of population using safely managed sanitation services, including a handwashing facility with soap and water
Target 6.2 seeks to achieve access for all to sanitation and hygiene – this page explains why and how to monitor progress towards the target, and what resources that are available for countries to do so.
Indicator 6.2.1 builds on the MDG indicator – “proportion of population using an improved sanitation facility” – and incorporates aspects of accessibility and acceptability and safety, to further address the normative criteria of the human right to water. To ensure public health beyond the household level, this indicator incorporates the safe management of faecal waste along the entire sanitation chain, from containment to treatment.
The indicator includes two components, one on sanitation and one on hygiene.
The first component on sanitation tracks the percentage of population using an improved sanitation facility at the household level that is not shared with other households, and where excreta are treated and disposed of in situ or transported and treated off-site.