National sanitation and hygiene policy

The development of the National Sanitation and Hygiene Policy is the result of a sector analysis with extensive consultations with key informants.

Child washing hands with running water from a kettle
UNICEF Eswatini/2017


The country is accelerating efforts towards the realization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and accessing sanitation services in order to achieve Eswatini’s vision 2022. The Ministry of Health is committed to promoting universal access to safe sanitation and hygiene services as one of the key initiatives towards the attainment of the country’s vision. The implementation of sustainable sanitation services will efficiently contribute to public health, poverty reduction, climate change resilience, economic growth and environmental protection.
This policy provides concrete areas of focus and is aligned to international and national policies, frameworks and guidelines. The focus of the National Sanitation and Hygiene Policy is to ensure and strengthen:
 Reliable and sustainable sanitation services for all,
 Promotion of hygiene behaviour change at all levels,
 Effective regulation of sanitation services,
 Capacity and resources for sanitation services access and delivery,
 Institutional arrangements for sanitation services,
 Financial effectiveness and optimization of leverage of public financing.

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