In a country known for its abject poverty, you’d think that access to proper sanitation and bathroom facilities would be a priority, but you’d be wrong.
The country contains about 1/7th of the world’s population, clocking in at around 1.2 billion. Nearly half of those — 563.73 million the last time it was counted — have mobile phone subscriptions.
By comparison, in 2008, only 366 million had access to proper sanitation. This news comes courtesy of a study published by the United Nations University, a UN think-thank.
According to Zafar Adeel, the UN University director, approximately $358 billion is needed by 2015 to cut in half the proportion of individuals who don’t have access to proper sanitation. Concerning the issue, Adeel stated “Proper sanitation could do more to save lives, especially those of young people, improve health and help pull India and other countries in similar circumstances out of poverty than any alternative investment.”