Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
The large majority of Georgian families have access to improved drinking water sources (99 per cent) and appropriate sanitation facilities (93 per cent). However, a 2010 assessment of the WASH situation in new Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) settlements highlight some specific challenges for people displaced by the 2008 armed conflict. 44 per cent of households assess report unavailability of adequate water. Half of the settlements report having no bathing facilities at all.
UNICEF Action to ensure environmental sustainability
Upstream UNICEF support:
• Coordination - Coordination of humanitarian response by all humanitarian actors following the 2008 armed conflict.
• Strategic Information – Assessment of the water/sanitation situation & needs in IDP communities
Downstream UNICEF support:
• 22,270 IDP families benefited from distribution of six-month supplies of personal hygiene consumables and household water kits, including 10,000 hygiene kits
• 63 Collective Centres housing IDP families benefited from emergency rehabilitation of minor water and sanitation infrastructure
• 73 schools and kindergartens, previously housing IDPs, were readied through disinfection or small-scale WASH infrastructure rehabilitation, including vector control
Government efforts to prevent epidemics and malnutrition among 130,000 internally displaced persons were supported by UNICEF through its cluster coordination role in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).