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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Zimbabwe Situation reports on the price of poor menstrual hygiene solutions in rural areas.
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For years, the credo that communities need to organise its own services dominated the rural water supply discussion. But SNV's Rinus van Klinken asks if the community approach can really deliver?
The Bhutan Observer reports on how SNV's Sustainable Sanitation & Hygiene for All programme is helping make sure no-one in Bhutan is left behind.
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Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Globally, over 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation, whilean 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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