WASH: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene


THP Perspective: Access to clean water is widely seen as the challenge of the 21st Century, and is a critical component of good nutrition. Traditional top-down, service delivery approaches have not produced sustainable results or led to the behavioral changes necessary, particularly in halting open defecation – a major cause of water-borne disease and malnutrition.

Safe sanitation is a gender issue – men rarely see it as a priority, yet around the world women are forced to get up before dawn to relieve themselves without risking sexual assault – a profound violation of human rights and basic human dignity. Lack of safe sanitation facilities is a reason why thousands of girls are kept out of school.

Key Interventions:

Key messages:

  • Investing in sanitation is one of the most efficient investments for poverty reduction.
  • What medical discovery has saved more lives than any other? Soap.

Global Campaigns and Initiatives:

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