The MDGs agenda did not set a specific target on hygiene. However, adequate hygiene practices in water and sanitation have significant health benefits. Therefore, the 2030 Agenda includes a hygiene indicator, defined as access to handwashing facilities with soap and water at home. Other handwashing agents are considered as constituting a limited service due to their reduced effectiveness. JMP data from over 50 countries show low levels of handwashing in many countries. In sub-Saharan Africa, in 34 of the 38 countries for which data are available, access to basic handwashing facilities is at best 50 per cent (WHO and UNICEF 2017). As with access to water and sanitation, the disparities between North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa are apparent.
From collection: Sanitation and Wastewater Atlas of Africa - Overview