Water, sanitation and hygiene is essential for children in emergencies


UNICEF brings life-saving support to the world’s most vulnerable children and families through its annual Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) appeal. This year, unprecedented conflicts and disasters around the world challenge UNICEF to reach ever greater numbers of people with emergency water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

UNICEF launches this Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) appeal, 2022, requiring a total of USD 2.2 billion to provide life-saving support to meet the WASH needs of the world’s most vulnerable children and families and the availability of this funding need will ensure continuity of a timely, predictable and efficient humanitarian response, in line with international norms and standards.

The global WASH target is to reach 57 million people with safe water, 22 million with safe sanitation and 51 million with WASH supplies in 2022. 35 million people will be reached through hygiene promotion, including handwashing and menstrual health and hygiene, and 11 million will be reached with WASH support in schools and healthcare facilities. Thirty-nine countries are seeking HAC funding for WASH, with their requirements totaling USD 2.2 billion, which represents 22 per cent of the total UNICEF HAC requirement.

As the largest provider of humanitarian response, UNICEF reached an annual average of 38.8 million people with water and 9.5 million people with sanitation during the period of 2018 – 2021. In 2021, UNICEF reached 11.6 million children with emergency WASH services in schools and temporary learning spaces and 1.3 million girls and women with emergency menstrual hygiene health services.

A girl drinking clean water

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