08 May 2020

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

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.  
20 March 2019

World Water Day 2019

From Kiribati to Mongolia, and Laos to Timor-Leste and beyond, UNICEF is working tirelessly to ensure every child has access to safe, clean water – no matter who or where they are. Easy access to clean water can be life changing. Without it, girls like 12-year-old Christina in Timor-Leste must still trudge through sometimes dangerous terrain to…, One clear goal: water for all,     Sustainable Development Goal 6 has one clear goal: water for all by 2030. This means no child can be left behind, wherever they may be. UNICEF works with governments and partners across the region to help safe water flow into schools, homes and hospitals. Marginalized groups – women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and…, When emergencies strike, UNICEF is there, Children are particularly at risk during emergencies and whenever an emergency strikes UNICEF is on hand to support families with access to safe water and sanitation facilities. After the earthquakes in Papua New Guinea, the tsunami in Indonesia and even during the 2011 Bangkok floods, UNICEF was on hand to help ensuring children and families had…, An ordinary act with extraordinary results, When it comes to day-to-day, potentially lifesaving skills, handwashing is an ordinary act with extraordinary results. Handwashing with soap – especially before preparing food and after using the toilet – is among the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent diahrroeal diseases and pneumonia, which together are responsible for the deaths of…