Water & Sanitation

Ensuring access to clean water and sanitation facilities


Ensuring access to clean water and sanitation facilities

© UNICEF Myanmar/2004/Noorani

Children who are deprived of clean drinking water and a sanitary environment face very real threats to their health and survival.  To better ensure children’s right to survive and thrive, UNICEF in Myanmar works to ensure access to clean and safe water by:

  • Installing safe drinking water supply systems in schools, health centers and communities; and

  • Ensuring better water quality by testing for arsenic and other contaminants in groundwater, and introducing mitigation activities as needed.

UNICEF ensures access to adequate sanitation facilities by:

  • Providing support for the construction of sanitary latrines in schools and communities; and

  • Encouraging national and community support of latrine construction through its support of National Sanitation Weeks.

In addition to these activities, UNICEF also promotes hygiene education by:

  • Supporting the teaching of personal hygiene in schools through the provision of activity-based teaching manuals, learning/game materials and demonstration models; and

  • Supporting National Sanitation Weeks, which involve the promotion of hand washing and other basic hygienic measures in the national media and in communities.



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