Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Access to water for children in Colombia - The Wayuu indigenous community in La Guajira is trying to survive among extremely difficult conditions such as lack of water and food and malnutrition. Access to water and hygiene has been provided by the European Union and its partners UNICEF and OXFAM.


European Commission's Humanitarian Aid helps UNICEF respond to drought emergency - Thanks to the EU's support, UNICEF is able to scale up its response to meet the children and families caught in the drought.


Treinta mil litros de alegría - A joint project of UNICEF and the European Union helped to improve the water connections and sanitation facilities, as well as install new public water points in several communities Paraguay. See the improvements in  one school in our Photo Essay >>


ECHO funding helps UNICEF reach half a million Somalis with WASH services - In 2016, ECHO contributed towards UNICEF’s work in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and nutrition and child protection, enabling UNICEF to provide WASH services to 550,000 people in Somalia.


In Northern Uganda, UNICEF and partners work to improve water and sanitation for South Sudan refugees through the financial support from the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO). Find out more >>


Clean water, proper sanitation and hygiene for South Sudan refugees - Water is life! A young South Sudan refugee boy drinks clean, safe and treated water from a UNICEF supported motorised water tap in Ayilo1 refugee settlement in Pakelle sub- County Adjumani district. See our Photo Essay >>


Yemen: Humanitarians responding while basic services are paralysed - The EU's humanitarian partners, such as UNICEF are making water available to displaced communities by installing water points, supplying community water pumps and trucking of water. See the Photo Essay >>


An invisible emergency in Ukraine - "I told my father don't worry. We'll be back soon and I will see him again," says a six-year-old girl who fled to Kharkiv, Ukraine with her family. Read more >>


Hygiene kits are distributed in the Kaya Refugee Camp in Upper Nile in South Sudan to help keep families healthy. More >


Togo – UNICEF and ECHO aim to prevent waterborne disease
In October 2010, Togo experienced heavy seasonal rains which caused flooding in most parts of the country.  Read more »


Pakistan – UNICEF and partners promote hygiene in schools
Water levels along the Swat River have returned to normal, but evidence of the devastation from recent floods is everywhere.  Read more »


Haiti – Shaping a better future
European Union Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) support has strengthened the ability of UNICEF  to prepare for emergencies.  Read more »



  • Access to water for children in Colombia

  • EU helps UNICEF respond to drought emergency in Somalia

  • Photo Essay: Treinta mil litros de alegría

  • ECHO funding helps UNICEF reach half a million Somalis with WASH services

  • ECHO humanitarian support: Improving lives of South Sudan refugees in Uganda

  • Clean water, proper sanitation and hygiene for South Sudan refugees

  • Yemen: Humanitarians responding while basic services are paralysed

  • An invisible emergency in Ukraine

  • South Sudan - Maintaining hygiene in a refugee camp

  • Togo – UNICEF and ECHO aim to prevent waterborne disease

  • Pakistan – UNICEF and partners promote hygiene in schools

  • Haiti – Shaping a better future

  • UNICEF & ECHO: Partners for children


Response and prevention: battling cholera in Haiti

SOUTH EAST DEPARTMENT/LA MONTAGNE, Haiti, 10 March 2017 - The number of suspected cholera cases in Haiti has been on the decrease - from over 350,000 in 2011 to just over 41,000 in 2016. Each suspected case of cholera triggers a rapid response to protect against the disease from spreading. The ultimate goal? Eliminate cholera in Haiti by 2022. Read more >>

Displaced Iraqis Work to Ensure Water and Sanitation Services in Daquq

DAQUQ, Iraq, 24 January 2017 - For displaced people living in camps like Daquq, access to safe water can be a major challenge. UNICEF and partners established Water and Sanitation Service Centres to ensure vulnerable people have access to safe water. Read more >>

Bentiu, South Sudan: Clean water at last

BENTIU, South Sudan,17 November 2015 - UNICEF is one of the humanitarian agencies providing emergency aid in Bentiu. With the support of the European Commission, it also runs a programme focused on providing water and sanitation assistance. Read more >>

“Our strength is in our diversity as partners”

IRAQ, 13 November 2015 - The UNICEF and WFP — led Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) Consortium responds to emergency needs during large-scale population displacement by quickly delivering life-saving supplies to families who are on the move, in hard-to-reach areas, stuck at checkpoints, or stranded between front lines. Read more >>

5 Questions: The Rapid Response Mechanism

Iraq / South Sudan, 11 October 2015 - UNICEF Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) Specialists Mandie Alexander in Iraq and Tsedeye Girma in South Sudan answer 5 questions about the nature of this evolving and adaptable aspect of UNICEF’s emergency assistance for displaced children and families. Read more >>

Clean water for returnees in the Democratic Republic of Congo

MWENGA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 18 September 2015 - Coming home to her village after being displaced by violence, a mother of three benefits from a programme to provide water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as other basic assistance. Read more >>

L’eau et le choléra en Haïti : un cycle d’espoir et de désespoir

Haïti, 27 août 2015 - « Ici, beaucoup de personnes sont tombées très malades par le passé. Mon amie a attrapé le choléra, elle en est presque morte », explique Maria, 12 ans. Aujourd’hui, le pays de Maria continue à connaître l’épidémie de choléra la plus étendue de l’hémisphère ouest. En savoir plus >>

Étude d’un phénomène cyclique : l’eau et le choléra à Gonaïves

Haiti, 24 août 2015 - Après 24 heures passées à Gonaïves, la relation entre l’eau et la santé s’impose à moi une fois encore. La journée que j’ai passée sur le terrain avec Action contre la faim (ACF), partenaire de l’UNICEF, illustre le lien direct existant entre l’eau salubre et le choléra, entre la vie et la mort…En savoir plus >>

L’allaitement maternel pour protéger les enfants du choléra

11 août, Haiti - «Steve est mon quatrième enfant. Il vient tout juste d’avoir neuf mois et n’a jamais été malade. Comme avec tous mes enfants, je ne lui ai donné que mon lait durant les six premiers mois» Explique Roselene, 25 ans. Elle habite dans la commune de Saint-Michel-de-l’Attalaye, une zone du département de l’Artibonite qui a été durement touchée par le choléra au cours des quatre dernières années. En savoir plus >>

“These kits save lives.”

Hilla, Iraq, 16 September - More than 1,000 ECHO-funded emergency kits have arrived in the city of Hilla and staff are preparing to give them out to families. Read more >>

Youth in Aleppo educate their communities on health and hygiene

Aleppo, Syria, 31 August 2015 - UNICEF field colleagues explain why an innovative pilot project, funded by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) has been so important in empowering youth to mobilise their own communities around hygiene and health promotion. Read more >>

Drinking water and family latrines for returnees in Mwenga

Burinyi, Mwenga, Democratic Republic of Congo, 24 August 2015 – “These past months, we suffered a lot to find drinking water. We couldn’t use the water source because the water coming out of it was dirty. Now, it has been repaired and we are very happy to have clean water.” Read more >>

Providing the children of Syria with clean water

Damascus, Syria, 24 August 2015 - Five years into the conflict water shortage has become a daily reality for many Syrians. With EU support, UNICEF and partners are helping provide access to safe drinking water and hygiene kits. Read more >>

Cambodia: Smart technology, smarter wells

Cambodia, 10 April 2015 - UNICEF, the European Commission and the Cambodian government joined forces to reduce the risk of water-borne diseases for vulnerable children and their families, during and after a flood emergency. The joint initiative also fostered the use of mobile technology to help in emergencies caused by natural disasters. Read more >>

Cambodia: “Rehabilitated wells are good for children’s health”

Kokor 2 village, Cambodia, 8 April 2015 - With funding from the European Commission, UNICEF joined forces with the Cambodian government to reduce the risk of water-borne diseases for vulnerable children and their families, during and after the flood emergency in Cambodia in 2013. Read more >>

My job: deliver 35 litres of water per refugee per day

Amman, Jordan, 22 March 2015 - Turki is one of the over 200 truck drivers who delivers water every day to Za’atari refugee camp thanks to funding from European Commission for Humanitarian Affairs and Civil Protection (ECHO). Read more >>

Restoring drinking water in CAR

Central African Republic, 24 March 2015 - Clean water and good sanitation are taken for granted in many parts of the world, but in the Central African Republic (CAR) they are precious commodities made even more inaccessible by the conflict and insecurity in the country. Read more >>

In eastern Ukraine children suffer as fighting breaks water supply

Svyatohirsk, Ukraine, 22 March 2015 - In order to respond to the urgent need, UNICEF Ukraine, in collaboration with partners, has provided bottled water to more than 118,000 people in eastern Ukraine. Read more >>

In Ukraine, children suffer as conflict continues

Donetsk, 29 January 2015 - The conflict in Ukraine is affecting thousands of families forcing them to leave their homes. Many find refuge in basements and bomb shelters where sanitation and drinking water are lacking. UNICEF and ECHO are helping children and their families to face the difficult living conditions. Read little Kirill's story >>

EU and UNICEF join efforts to help children affected by crisis

Over 60,000 families and 20,000 school children to receive access to safe drinking water and hygiene supplies in Ukraine through the project “Improving Water, Sanitation and Hygiene situation for children and women affected by crisis In Eastern Ukraine. See the Photo Essay >>

Safe water flows through the worst violence in Central African Republic

Bangui, 24 October 2014 - Despite overwhelming logistical challenges and ongoing insecurity, UNICEF’s water and sanitation team has helped keep water flowing in Bangui, and in other major towns, throughout the crisis in Central African Republic thanks to support from ECHO. Read more >>

Gaining access to water: A grandmother’s plight

In the Central African Republic, UNICEF and ECHO are mobilizing to ensure that families in camps of displaced people have access to basic water, sanitation and hygiene.  Read more »

ECHO saving children from measles, providing clean water

Thanks to funding from the European Commission’s Directorate General for Humanitarian Action and Civil Protection (ECHO), 34,000 children in Uganda benefited from a major UNICEF measles and polio vaccination campaign in the districts of Adjumani, Arua and Kiryandongo. Read more »

Twenty to a tent and no bathroom

Dohuk, Iraq, 10 December 2013 – Home to between 45-50,000 Syrian refugees, Domiz is the oldest camp in northern Iraq and is transforming, in stages, into a permanent camp. UNICEF is working with ECHO constructing water and sanitation facilities that will meet long term demands. Read more »

Strengthening the water infrastructure in Za'atari camp

Za'atari, September 2013 – To strengthen the water infrastructure in Za'atari  camp, ECHO and UNICEF are working on effective and efficient solutions in order to save both water and money.

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Managing Water, Preventing Disease and Improving Lives: UNICEF and IDP communities in Darfur

Darfur, August 2010- The harsh realities of the desert quickly set in as soon as one lands in Darfur, a region about the size of Spain.

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