Sanitation, Hygiene and Water for All

  • Breaking the Silence on Menstrual Hygiene Management
    Breaking the Silence on Menstrual Hygiene Management

    Menstruation is a biological process just like defecation or urination. Maintaining hygiene during menses is important for women’s well-being, mobility, and dignity. Through all of its work, WSSCC aims to break the silence around Menstrual Hygiene Management.

              
    Last updated: Thu, 07/31/2014 - 18:15
  • Break the silence on open defection and improve sanitation for all
    Break the silence on open defection and improve sanitation for all

    WSSCC is proud to support the UN Deputy Secretary-General and the global launch of the UN sanitation campaign to end open defecation.

              
    Last updated: Thu, 07/31/2014 - 17:27
  • 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
    CLTS - When the community decides

    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, 07/31/2014 - 18:08

Topics

In focus

In focus

This month, the governments of Nigeria and Madagascar committed to leading the way to become Africa’s first open defecation free countries.

Last updated: Thu, 07/31/2014 - 16:19

Resources

Resources

The second edition of the compendium presents a huge range of information on sanitation systems and technologies in one volume.

Last updated: Thu, 07/31/2014 - 16:20

Real life stories

Real life stories

Young girls wanting to go to school in India face an uphill struggle. Many don't finish their primary education or go on to secondary school. Watch the video.

Last updated: Thu, 07/31/2014 - 17:05

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 opendefecation.org and spread the message for 2.5 billion people.

Last updated: Thu, 07/31/2014 - 17:14

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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

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