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CLOSING THE WATER AND SANITATION GAP

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UNICEF/Moldova/2023/Pirozzi

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The human rights to water and sanitation are at the core of the UNICEF mandate for children. WASH is a critical part of our portfolio and UNICEF is a global lead on this issue.

UNICEF builds enabling environments, promotes accountability, contributes, and engages across sectors, and leverages financial resources for WASH. To meet the SDG WASH targets, it is essential to have strong systems to support the delivery of WASH services: the institutional structure, policies, regulations, plans, procedures, standards, and monitoring and review mechanisms. To achieve the greatest impact, UNICEF work with governments, providing them with expertise on developing policies and budgets for water and sanitation and technical assistance on the systems themselves. 

UNICEF works on improving access to WASH in schools, while leveraging its experience and leadership in this area into broader support for WASH in health care facilities and other institutions where children are at risk from poor WASH, such as early childhood care facilities. In Moldova, UNICEF has already initiated the assessment of WASH gaps in 25 schools and will extend to an additional 100 schools. Quick repair of WASH facilities in 15 Kindergartens is in progress. We provided WASH services to more than 95,000 Ukraine refugees since the onset of the refugee crises. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we procured supplies, promoted handwashing, and supported capacity building of health providers in infection prevention and control. 

UNICEF is committed to making WASH programmes adaptive to climate change. The Climate Landscape Analysis for Children (CLAC), recently conducted by UNICEF in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Infrastructure highlighted that 28 out of Moldova’s 34 districts face a high or extremely high risk of climate change. The poorest children are the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation. More than 75% of young people polled through a U-Report Poll, said they had already been impacted by climate change, and experienced health impacts, food security issues and access to safe water. More than 90% of young people said they worried about climate change impacting their futures. UNICEF will use its sector leadership, its in-country presence and its strong relationships with government and other partners to provide strategic long-term support for strengthening national capacity to deliver quality and sustainable services at scale.

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