Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

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© UNICEF Philippines/2012
A public health promoter tests a water sample for possible contaminants in Barangay Damacling, Maguindanao.

UNICEF aims to achieve universal use and access to sustainable and resilient basic sanitation and safe water with improved hygiene behaviour in disadvantaged households, schools and ECCD centers.

UNICEF works to reach the most disadvantaged children and women in the Philippines. The WASH programme will focus on the poorest barangays or villages where WASH coverage are at its lowest. By 2014, the WASH Programme is expected to achieve this in selected barangays in 20 vulnerable local government units (LGUs). And by 2016, it will facilitate the scaling up of interventions in majority of barangays in 80 municipalities.

Based on the 2011 WASH Situation Analysis (UNICEF), three areas hamper the progress of WASH—(a) inadequate access to WASH services and products; (b) poor hygiene practices and low demand for WASH services; and (c) a weak enabling environment.

As such, the programme will directly respond to these problem areas, in partnership with LGUs, international organizations, and relevant government agencies.

The first phase of the WASH programme focuses on developing and demonstrating increased household demand for WASH services, increasing access to these services and improving hygiene practices. The activities are designed to improve WASH behaviour of children and their families in selected LGUs, and set the correct framework to be used in reaching the identified areas.

The second phase will focus on advocacy, support, and the sharing of resources to sustainably scale up successful approaches, emphasizing continuing efforts to strengthen the national and municipal enabling environment for WASH. It will also incorporate a monitoring and evaluation system, and appropriate pro-poor technologies and financing/ incentives.

UNICEF will also continue fulfilling its Core Commitments for Children for Humanitarian Action. In times of emergencies and disasters UNICEF will ensure strong sector leadership and timely delivery of water, sanitation and hygiene services for affected populations especially children. UNICEF will also support strengthening of local governments and communities in planning for calamities to increase resilience to the hazards that put them at risk.

 

 
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