Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Improving access to clean water and sanitation

Through SNV’s support, counties in South Sudan are rehabilitating their water points and manage the maintenance themselves - improving access for all.

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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Liyen Chin, who did an internship with SNV’s WASH team in Laos last year, has been awarded the Hydén Award for the best development thesis from Lund University in Sweden. Liyen did her master’s research on Menstrual Hygiene Management in Savannakhet.
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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.

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