Sanitation, Hygiene and Water for All

  • 11,000 villages now free of open defecation in Madagascar!
    11,000 villages now free of open defecation in Madagascar!

    Malagasy President pledges an open defecation free (ODF) Madagascar by 2018 -- international experts see how 11,000 villages became ODF already.  See the photo gallery!

    Last updated: Sat, 03/28/2015 - 17:12
  • Sanitation is vital for health
    Sanitation is vital for health

    Improved sanitation reduces diarrhoea, worms and other diseases linked to open defecation which kill around 760 000 children under five every year. Action for sanitation saves lives.

    Last updated: Thu, 07/31/2014 - 17:32
  • Sanitation is good for the environment
    Sanitation is good for the environment

    If collected, the world's openly defecated excrement would fill Wembley Stadium -- every day. Uncollected, it fouls the environment and exposes millions of people to disease and squalor. Effective solid waste management helps to reduce risks & improve living conditions.

    Last updated: Thu, 12/12/2013 - 12:01
  • Sanitation: bang for the buck
    Sanitation: bang for the buck

    Improved sanitation spurs economic growth and poverty reduction. A dollar invested in sanitation returns $9 in economic benefits.  Imagine it: billions of wealthier, healthier people.

    Last updated: Thu, 07/31/2014 - 17:56
  • Sanitation fosters social development
    Sanitation fosters social development

    Sanitation is dignity, privacy and safety, especially for women and girls. It improves convenience and social status. In schools, it promotes attendance by children, especially girls in puberty. 

    Last updated: Thu, 07/31/2014 - 17:42
  • Yes is the answer
    Yes is the answer

    2.5 billion people lack toilets today but don't have to tomorrow. Technologies, approaches and skilled people are ready. Hard work, plain talk, strong leadership and demand creation are remedies.

    Last updated: Wed, 12/11/2013 - 18:41
  • CLTS - When the community decides to go open-defecation free
    CLTS - When the community decides to go open-defecation free

    Community-led total sanitation (CLTS) is an innovative way to achieve communities free from open defecation. It changes people’s behaviour by shifting mindsets – to focus their desire for, and triggering them to build a sanitation system themselves.

    Last updated: Thu, 09/25/2014 - 14:29


In focus

In focus

Chris William, WSSCC Executive Director, writes about the taboo of menstruation in the Huffington Post. Read the article.

Last updated: Tue, 03/17/2015 - 10:35



The UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS 2014), offers a comprehensive analysis of strengths and challenges in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) within and across countries.

Last updated: Fri, 12/19/2014 - 18:28

Real life stories

Real life stories

Diabou Aidara and her family live in a small village in the Senegalese Mbaké Region. They were triggered in a Community-led Total Sanitation programme with other villagers. Watch Diabou's story.

Last updated: Fri, 12/19/2014 - 18:34

Advocate for WASH

Advocate for WASH

The UN Deputy Secretary General has called for action on sanitation. On 28 May he launched a campaign to break the silence on open defecation. Visit and spread the message for 2.5 billion people.

Last updated: Fri, 12/19/2014 - 18:36

Engage today!

Become a WSSCC member or simply keep updated with a newsletter subscription.

Last updated: Tue, 08/14/2012 - 14:45

Community of Practice

 Join the independent platform for sanitation and hygiene knowledge sharing.

Last updated: Tue, 08/14/2012 - 14:59

Video of the month

Reaching the Unreached: Listening to South Asian voices on Equity and Inclusion in WASH. Click the YouTube button at right to see our other videos!

Last updated: Mon, 12/09/2013 - 17:27

Follow us


Last updated: Tue, 03/17/2015 - 10:27