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Indicator 3.9.2: Mortality rate attributed to unsafe water, unsafe sanitation and lack of hygiene (exposure to unsafe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for All (WASH) services)

Mortality rate attributed to unsafe water, unsafe sanitation and lack of hygiene per 1,000,000 people

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This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available

Deaths attributable to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene focusing on inadequate WASH services, expressed per 1,000,000 population.

Indicator description

The indicator expresses the number of deaths from inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene (with focus on WASH services) which could be prevented by improving those services and practices. It is based on both the WASH service provision in the country, as well as the related health outcomes, and therefore provides important information on the actual disease caused by the risks measured in 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3.

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

Rate per 1,000,000 population

Definitions

Deaths attributable to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene focusing on inadequate WASH services, expressed per 1,000,000 population; The included diseases are the WASH attributable fractions of diarrhoea (ICD-10 code A00, A01, A03, A04, A06-A09), intestinal nematode infections (ICD-10 code B76-B77, B79) and protein-energy malnutrition (ICD-10 code E40-E46).

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Calculations

Number of deaths from unsafe water, unsafe sanitation and lack of hygiene (exposure to unsafe WASH services) in a year, divided by the population, and multiplied by 1,000,000.

Other information

Data rely on (a) statistics on WASH services (6.1, 6.2 and 6.3), which are well assessed in almost all countries, and (b) data on deaths. Data on deaths are also widely available from countries from death registration data or sample registration systems, which are certainly feasible systems. Such data are crucial for improving health and reducing preventable deaths in countries. The main limitation is that not all countries do have such registration systems to date, and data need to be completed with other type of information. Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

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This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

3.9.2 Mortality rate attributed to unsafe water, unsafe sanitation and lack of hygiene (exposure to unsafe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for All (WASH) services)

Target name

3.9 By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

World Health Organisation (WHO)

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Source 1

Organisation

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

2013

Geographical coverage

England and Wales

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Release date

43188

Next release

TBC

Statistical classification

Official Statistic

Contact details

support@nomisweb.co.uk

Other information

Total includes the WASH attributable fractions of diarrhoea (ICD-10 code A00, A01, A03, A04, A06-A09), intestinal nematode infections (ICD-10 code B76- B77, B79) and protein-energy malnutrition (ICD-10 code E40-E46)

Source 2

Organisation

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

2001

Geographical coverage

UK

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Release date

28/06/2018

Next release

01/09/2019

Statistical classification

Official Statistic

Contact details

Neil Park pop.info@ons.gov.uk

Other information

Source 3

Organisation

Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA)

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

2001

Geographical coverage

Northern Ireland

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Release date

13/11/2018

Next release

N/A

Statistical classification

Official Statistic

Contact details

Claire.McCann@nisra.gov.uk

Other information

Source 4

Organisation

National Records of Scotland

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

2000

Geographical coverage

Scotland

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Release date

27/11/2018

Next release

TBC

Statistical classification

Official Statistic

Contact details

Karen.Hawkes@nrscotland.gov.uk

Other information