Student at Rohal Primary School exiting the latrine facility that UNICEF and partner organization ESC-BORDA installation.
© UNICEFCambodia/2015/Margaret Fenton
Cambodia continues to struggle to provide access to clean water and sanitation facilities, one of the key determinants of household health. While 82 per cent of people in urban areas have access to hand washing and latrine facilities, only 25 per cent of rural Cambodians do, covering a mere 37 per cent of the total population. Access to sanitation facilities, as well as knowledge of good hygiene practices, can drastically reduce exposure to severe childhood illnesses, particularly diarrhoea. Sanitation coverage in Cambodia is poor with 66 per cent of rural families practicing open defecation.