Why it matters
For children to grow up healthy and happy, they need access to clean water, proper sanitation, and good hygiene. Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are basic human rights, that Unicef is working to uphold for every child.
It’s about health – a lack of these things causes diseases that kill over 800 children every day. It’s about time – millions of children miss out on an education because they spend hours every day collecting water. And it’s about fairness – the most vulnerable children are often the worst affected.
Unicef is determined to change this. We’re working with governments in more than 113 countries to build WASH systems that last. We lead the response in emergencies, coordinating humanitarian organisations and governments, to provide life-saving supplies and support. And as our climate changes, we’re helping communities to be prepared for future challenges.
6 IN 10 PEOPLE WORLDWIDE, OR 4.5 BILLION, LACK SAFELY MANAGED SANITATION