Access to safe drinking water and sanitation in Indonesia

Arianto Patunru

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    Abstract

    In 1990, 30percent of Indonesian population had no access to improved drinking water source. Almost 65percent lacked access to improved sanitation-and almost 40percent defecate in the open. One of the Millennium Development Goals' objectives is to halve these numbers of disadvantaged by 2015. We explore the recent progress using World Health Organization/United Nations Children Fund report and the Indonesia's Socio-Economic Survey. We conclude that the country still face a great challenge to meet the targets, especially on sanitation. We next illustrate the importance of these facilities by estimating their impact on diarrhoea incidence. We find that the relative importance of sanitation is higher than that of water. A household with 'unimproved' drinking water source is about 12percent more likely to have diarrhoea than that otherwise. Lacking of improved sanitation, on the other hand, makes the household member about 23-27percent more likely to suffer from it.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)234-244
    JournalAsia & The Pacific Policy Studies
    Volume2
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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