Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

The situation

What UNICEF is doing




What UNICEF is doing

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UNICEF aims to increase sustainable access to and use of improved water sources, sanitation facilities and hygiene practices. Over the years, UNICEF contributions have helped millions of people gain access to improved water sources and sanitation.

  • UNICEF is a key ally in the government’s efforts to eliminate open defecation by 2025.
  • The programme promotes low-cost, community-based approaches, climate change adaptation and greater engagement of women.
  • UNICEF supports the provision of child- and gender-friendly WASH in schools and primary health institutions.
  • The WASH programme is an essential component in integrated programmes for the community management of acute malnutrition and in efforts to scale up Maternal, Newborn and Child Health services.
  • Hygiene education and handwashing campaigns are important components of the programme, with particular attention given to schools.
  • The WASH programme responds to emergencies, including conflict, flooding and outbreaks of cholera, gastroenteritis or other diseases and builds resilience of communities.
  • UNICEF supports harnessing technology and innovation for improved WASH delivery services.
  • UNICEF helps strengthen institutional capacities and systems for integrated WASH programme management.



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