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...phic and economic disparities between communities (WHO, 2015, pp. 2-4). As stated earlier, financial capabilities for maintinance, implementation of national sanitation initiatives from SouthEast Asian governments, and total elimination of the practice of open defection still need to be accomplished. Despite these hindrances, quality and availability standards have been established by newly-created providers in SouthEast Asia, but standards can vary amongst separate countries. In regards to sanitation, water treatment services are constantly monitered according to quality and availablility. “Overall, more countries in the South-East Asia Region have developed a full cycle of monitoring, reporting and corrective action for drinking-water than for sanitation” which is a step in the right direction in comparison to where efforts initially began (WHO, 2015, pp. 2-4,6-7).
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