Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Overview: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Improved drinking water sources

Sanitation and Hygiene

School WASH

Communication for Development


Sanitation and Hygiene

UNICEF Eritrea/2014/Pirozzi
© UNICEF Eritrea/2014/Pirozzi

UNICEF continues to advocate and partner with the Ministry of Health (MoH) in the implementation of sanitation interventions through the promotion of the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach. CLTS refers to an integrated and participatory approach geared towards collective community behaviour change, primarily focusing on giving up open defecation and taking up of safe hygiene practices. In 2013, a total of 163 villages were declared open defecation free (ODF). This translates to about 135,109 people (or 27,707 households) across the six regions of Eritrea gaining access to and making use of established latrines. 

Real lives 

In Eritrea more people living in communities free from open defecation
January 2015 – Mrs. Fatma stands proudly by her family’s latrine and eagerly shows visitors the clean and private space that now affords her and her family some dignity. The new latrine has had a major impact on the lives of Mrs. Fatma and her children.



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