Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Sanitation & Hygiene for All

We believe in access to sustainable basic services for all. In 2014, 2.72 million people gained access to improved water, sanitation & hygiene through SNV initiatives. 

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Functional Rural Water Supply

Sustainability is often forgotten in  the drive for access to improved water sources. We support the professionalisation of the water sector, ensuring equitable, ongoing access for all.

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WASH in Schools

Our WASH in Schools programmes result in improved student retention, while empowering students to take positive sanitation and hygiene messages home, improving household health and driving change in their local communities. 

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Urban Sanitation

With over half of the world's population living in urban centres, urban sanitation needs to be a global priority. Our programmes focus on providing access to improved sanitation and improving the ways human waste is managed.

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Sustainable Water Supply Services

SNV works with local authorities and service providers to improve utility management in small towns and peri-urban areas, ensuring equitable access to safe, sustainable water for all. 

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Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Globally, over 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation, while an estimated 740 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 - that's one child every 20 seconds from 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. At SNV we strive for access to sustainable basic services for all.

In 2014, 2.72 million people gained access to improved water, sanitation & hygiene through SNV initiatives.

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