Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Clean water, basic toilets and good hygiene practices are essential for the survival and development of children in society. According to UNICEF, there are around 2.4 billion people who do not use improved sanitation, and 663 million who do not have access to improved water sources today.

The benefits of having access to an improved drinking water source can only be fully realized when there is also access to improved sanitation and adherence to good hygiene practices. Beyond the immediate, obvious advantages of people being hydrated and healthier, access to water, sanitation and hygiene – known collectively as WASH – has profound wider socio-economic impacts, particularly for children, women and girls.

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