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Economic Brief - The Water and Sanitation Index of Development Effectiveness (WIDE) in Sub-Saharan Africa-Overview of Country Performance
Progress towards target 7C of the Millennium Development Goals of halving by 2015 the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation facilities remains slow. The rate of access to improved water sources increased from 49% in 1990 to 60% in 2008, a marginal increase of less than 1% a year. Over the same period, growth in access to improved sanitation facilities was even more disappointing from 27% to 31%. Rural areas face the most serious problems in sanitation coverage.