Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
Annual Results Report 2019
The Asia-Pacific region faces the challenge of having 369 million people without access to basic sanitation services and 165 million people lacking access to basic drinking water. UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) has been working in the area of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in 26 countries in the region with the intent of helping countries reach Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, which targets universal and equitable water, sanitation and hygiene for all by 2030.
This report provides a comprehensive account of the work that was done by UNICEF in the area of WASH during the year 2019. It shares the highlights of UNICEF's 2019 WASH programme in the areas of 1) safe water supply and climate resilience, 2) sanitation, 3) hygiene, 4) WASH in institutions and 5) WASH in emergencies. It also provides a brief financial analysis as well as a narrative on challenges that the region faces—from sector financing to crises and disasters imposed by conflict and climate change. Finally, the report offers a look into the WASH programme in 2020 and what the future of WASH must look like in order for us to meet national goals as well as the SDGs. The importance of further strengthening the enabling environment, innovations, working inter-sectorally, and implementing climate-resilient WASH programmes are among just a few of the areas in which UNICEF and partners such as Water.org, WHO, World Bank and many others, intend to focus on in the coming years.