Clean water, basic toilets and good hygiene practices are essential for the survival and development of children. Without these basic needs, the lives of millions of children are at risk. For children under five, water- and sanitation-related diseases are one of the leading causes of death in Niger.
Access to improved water services increased by 7 per cent between 2012 and 2015, when 56 per cent of the population used an improved water source for drinking.
Access to improved sanitation increased by only 2 per cent in the same period; only 13 per cent of the population has access to basic sanitation services and open defecation is practised by 71 per cent of the population.
There are wide disparities between urban and rural areas in access to water, sanitation and hygiene services (WASH).
School-age girls lack adequate menstrual hygiene management services.