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.
Deaths attributable to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene focusing on inadequate WASH services, expressed per 100,000 population.
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 SDG targets 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3.
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Rate per 100,000 population
Deaths attributable to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene focusing on inadequate WASH services, expressed per 100,000 population; The included diseases are the WASH attributable fractions of diarrhoea (ICD-10 codes A00, A01, A03, A04, A06-A09), intestinal nematode infections (ICD-10 codes B76-B77, B79), protein-energy malnutrition (ICD-10 codes E40-E46), and acute respiratory infections (ICD-10 codes H65-H66, J00-J22, P23, and U04).
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 100,000.
Data rely on (a) statistics on WASH services (SDG targets 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3), which are well assessed in almost all countries, and (b) data on deaths. Not all countries have systems to record cause of deaths data, data that is crucial for improving health and reducing preventable deaths. Data on deaths are widely available from death registration data or sample registration systems. The main limitation is that not all countries do have such registration systems, and data need to be completed with other type of information.
Details relating the mortality statistics methodology for England and Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland contain important information on the strengths and limitations of the data, the quality of the output, the accuracy of the data, how it compares with related data, and how the output was created. Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.
|Data last updated||12 April 2023|
|Metadata last updated||17 May 2023|