Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

Providing families with clean water, improved sanitation and good hygiene practices

A girl is carrying water in a bucket on her head
UNICEF South Sudan/Rich


Fifty per cent of the population in South Sudan lacks access to safe water.

To survive, families may be forced to drink dirty water, putting them at risk of waterborne diseases such as cholera and diarrhoea, which remain leading causes of death among children in South Sudan. The situation is further aggravated by poor hygiene practices. Just 10 per cent of the population have access to improved sanitation.

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Clean water for every child

UNICEF is providing communities with access to safe water. One way of doing this is by drilling boreholes. In areas where long-term solutions are still needed, UNICEF is trucking fresh water to communities or providing families with purification tablets and powder. Latrines are constructing and maintained, and communities sensitized on importance of a sanitation plan. Hygiene promotion activities are ongoing across the country to prevent the transmission of diseases and provide a healthy future for the children.



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