Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

We work in partnership to reduce malnutrition and prevent health problems from emerging

Access to clean water and sanitation

Through the Joint Action for Development Forum, SNV, other development organisations and the private sector have enabled thousands of people to access clean water and improved sanitation facilities.

Access to development

Improved, smart practices in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene reduce the risk of disease, improving the productivity and income of millions of families.

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SNV Lao PDR advisors share their experience at the 3rd International Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) Conference in Hanoi.
SNV Indonesia celebrated the World Toilet Day 2014 in an elementary school in Gunung Alip, Lampung, to promote open defecation free villages and good hygiene practices.
SNV and Akvo share the technology behind their innovative water-point mapping programme.
Cambodia’s Banteay Meas celebrates the declaration of the district’s newest open defecation free communes.
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Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Globally, over 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation, while an estimated 780 million people do not have access to an improved water source. Unimproved hygiene, inadequate sanitation, and insufficient or unsafe drinking water account for 19% of child mortality worldwide and some 7% of the total global disease burden. Each year 1.4 million children die from diarrhoea caused by unclean water and poor sanitation - this equates to one child every 20 seconds from what is an entirely preventable public health crisis.

Access to safe, clean drinking water and sanitation is a basic human right. Yet, more than one third of the world’s population do not have access to proper sanitation, and many people do not have access to reliable sources of drinking water.

While absolute scarcity of safe water and sanitation is an issue, a critical constraint is inequitable and unjust distribution. Those without access to safe water and improved sanitation are often the poorest and the most marginalised groups of society. In Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) we strive for access to sustainable basic services for all.

Learn more about our work in WASH.

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