Knowledge Note

From 2000 to 2012, access to sanitation in Cambodia’s rural areas increased by only 1% per year (JMP, 2014). By 2012, 75% of rural Cambodians lacked access to improved sanitation, and 66% practiced open defecation. Though open defecation rates are highest among the poorest rural Cambodians at 86%, they are still quite high even among the richest at 32% (CSES, 2011). Lack of access to sanitation imposes significant economic and social costs on rural Cambodians, from higher child mortality due to diarrhea, other fecal-borne diseases, to stunted growth of children.

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Water & Sanitation Program