Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Clean Hands, Better Health! - See how the Capacity Development Partnership Fund has provided training for a School Support Committee in Cambodia, supported by the Ministry of Education and Sports with support from the EU, Sweden and UNICEF.


UNICEF focus on improving access to water to reduce burden on women and children in Somaliland.


UNICEF-EU Somaliland urban water project - Under the joint project, water systems in four major towns in Somaliland are being built and strengthened. By 2017, 1 million people in four towns can have piped water at 41 litres per person per day.


The Scouts turned heroes of Guinea | UNICEF - From Ebola to the importance of education, the Scouts empower young people and their communities to speak openly about tough issues.


Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Timor-Leste - UNICEF has provided water, sanitation and hygiene support in Ermera sub-district of Timor-Leste in partnership with the government and the European Union.


Ending open defecation in Côte d'Ivoire -  The government of Côte d'Ivoire, the EU and UNICEF are working in partnership to improve rural sanitation and to end defecation in the open air which remains one of the main causes of infant mortality.


UNICEF Iraq has implemented an awareness campaign to help rationalize water consumption - here is one of their campaign videos. Find out more >>


Traditional Authority (TA) Mwase: Malawi's first largest Open Defecation Free (ODF) Area - 60 000 people are sensitized on sanitation and hygiene in Malawi with support from UNICEF and the EU. Find out more >>

In Ethiopia, improving water and nutrtion to support community development - Two programmes supported by the European Union, water well construction and lessons on good nutrition, have positive effects on Ethiopian communities. See more >>


Sri Lanka – Partnership helps restore public services
It’s the morning rounds of the village mothers’ support group. Today, they’re visiting families in eastern Sri Lanka.  Read more »


Angola – Piped water offers health, opportunities to families
When Beatriz da Encarnação got her own tap, the ready access to clean water quickly improved the health of her sons.  Read more »


 Kenya and Ethiopia – UNICEF and  EU respond to climate change
Climate change seems to be blighting large parts of Africa. The effects are more pronounced than in the industrialized world.. Read more »


Nigeria – “The sky is my limit”
With help of the European Union and UNICEF disadvantaged communities are given skills to confront unsafe water and poor sanitation. Read more »


Kenya – Women take the lead in water provision and management
The nomadic Samburu people in Northern Kenya–along with their livestock–are bearing the brunt of climate change.  Read more »


Cote d’Ivoire – Clean technology
In rural regions of Cote d’Ivoire simple, low cost technology, supported by the European Union and UNICEF help families lead healthier lives.  Read more »


Burkina Faso – Women’s work
In rural regions of Burkina Faso, the European Union and UNICEF are training women to build and maintain latrines.  Read more »


Ethiopia – When the rain doesn't fall 
The European Union and UNICEF’s work in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia ensures that families have safe water. Read more »



  • Clean Hands, Better Health!

  • UNICEF focus on improving access to water to reduce burden on women and children

  • UNICEF-EU Somaliland urban water project

  • The Scouts turned heroes of Guinea | UNICEF

  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Timor-Leste

  • Ending open defecations in Côte d'Ivoire

  • UNICEF Iraq | Campaign rationalize water consumption

  • Malawi's first largest Open Defecation Free (ODF) Area

  • Ethiopia - Improving water and nutrtion to support community development

  • Sri Lanka – Partnership restores public services

  • Angola – Piped water offers health, opportunities

  • Kenya and Ethiopia – UNICEF and EU on climate change

  • Nigeria – “The sky is my limit”

  • Kenya – Women take the lead in water management

  • Cote d’Ivoire – Clean technology

  • Burkina Faso – Women’s work

  • Ethiopia – When the rain doesn't fall


Safe drinking water finally arrives for tens of thousands of people in Somaliland town

Wajaale, Somaliland, August 2017 - Mariam Omar Farah with eight other family members is among the thousands who will receive piped water for the first time thanks to a partnership between the EU and UNICEF. Read more >>

KANKAN: le village de Boussouran s’engage pour la fin de la défécation à l’air libre

BOUSSOURAN, Guinée, 19 Avril 2017 - L’UNICEF intervient dans cette commune rurale comme dans 13 autres des régions administratives de N’Zérékoré et Kankan grâce à un financement de l’Union Européenne dans le cadre du Projet d’Amélioration du Service Public de l’Eau. En savoir plus>>

Provision of water by the EU helps more children to learn at a school in northern Nigeria

PLATEAU STATE, Nigeria, March 2017 - Doksemua Rumkies (12) is thrilled about the recent changes in her school. She can now concentrate on achieving her life’s ambition: to be a teacher. Read more>>

A local leader is converted from resisting change to leading the charge for a cleaner community

LAGOS, Nigeria, 31 March 2017 - Old habits may die hard, but 56 year-old Pa Afolabi Ojekunle, a cocoa farmer in Bolorunduro community in Gbonyin local government area of Ekiti state is proving that change is possible. Read more >>

Government and partners seek mechanisms to promote the Community Led Total Sanitation programme

KUITO, Angola, 21 November 2016 - In Angola, lack of  access to safe water, sanitation and poor hygiene practices are the main causes of infectious diseases. See how UNICEF and partners provide support through a Community Led Total Sanitation programme (CLTS). Read more >>

Living without a toilet: more common than you think

LUANDA, Angola, 18 November 2016 - Maria and her six children have well water throughout the year, but she still remembers the time before the Government installed the water pump. Read more >>

Partnership between Angolan and international operators can improve services in the water and sanitation sector

LUANDA, Angola, 7 November 2016 - UNICEF supports the Government of Angola with technical cooperation, improving services provided by water and sanitation companies, which will  eventually improve children’s survival and development. Read more >>

European Union helping Somali residents to end decades-long water shortage

TOG WAJAALE, Somaliland, December 2015 - Residents in the town of Wajaale are optimistic the water shortage witnessed in the town for decades will end once the UNICEF/EU funded Public Private Partnership (PPP) project is completed. Read more >>

In Malawi, asking “What does water mean to you?”

LILONGWE, Malawi, 1 May 2015 - Three villages in Malawi share their stories of how new water points, constructed with support from UNICEF and the European Union, have helped bring health and happiness to their communities. Read more >>

Improving urban water service delivery in Somaliland

HARGEISA, Somaliland, March 2015 – Somaliland’s Director of Sustainable Management and Regulatory Framework, Ministry of Water Resources Eng. Abdirahman Abdisalam Shali speaks about the UNICEF water project funded by the EU and its aim to improving urban water service delivery. Read more >>

EU visits flood-affected communities in Malawi

BLANTYRE, Malawi, 10 February 2015 - The European Union (EU) has committed three million euros towards assisting flood victims in Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar. This was confirmed by the EU Ambassador in Malawi, during a joint EU-UNICEF visit to some of the camps in Chikwawa district. Read more >>

UNICEF focus on improving access to water to reduce burden on women and children

DHEENTA, Somaliland, March 2014 – Less than two weeks after giving birth to her fourth child, Ibba Aideed Farah, restarted her daily routine walking two kilometres to the shallow well in her village for water. Read more >>

Women and water: sources of life!

Icla, Bolivia, March 2014 –  Throughout out the world, in almost every culture, women and water are considered symbols of life and abundance, precisely because the ability to give life is in their nature. Read more »

Raising clean hands in Afghanistan's 'WASH' friendly schools.

KABUL, Afghanistan, 16 September 2010 – Designed to increase investment in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for Afghan schools, a new Call to Action has been jointly issued by the government’s Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), the Ministry of Education (MoE), the Ministry of Public Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. Its intent is to engage policy makers at all levels, involve multiple stakeholders and monitor WASH in schools.

Visiting Somalia, UNICEF Regional Director notes progress made on safe water.

BOSSASO, Somalia, 13 May 2010 – Bossaso, a busy port town on the northern coast of Somalia, is an economic hub in the semi-autonomous Puntland region. Tens of thousands of Somalia’s estimated 1.5 million internally displaced people live here, shielded from the intense heat only by cardboard and bits of rags.

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