UNICEF Photography

Photo Essays: Water, environment and sanitation
West and Central Africa's sanitation crisis - Part I of II

March 2009: Safe water and sanitation are vital for public health and human rights everywhere, affecting people's quality of life, dignity and ability to thrive. Yet in West and Central Africa, the poorest region in the world, millions of children die of water-borne diseases every year.

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July 2012: UNICEF recently launched a four-year nutrition security initiative, supported by the European Union.
March 2009: Part I of II: In West and Central Africa, millions of children die annually of water-borne diseases.

March 2006: Lack of safe water is a public health emergency for children and their families.

March 2009: Part II of II: West and Central Africa has the lowest improved sanitation coverage and highest under-five mortality rates in the world.

September 2006: All children have a right to safe water and basic sanitation - and to the health they sustain.

June 2005: UNICEF helps to provide safe water and sanitation facilities, as well as hygiene education, for camp residents.