Climate change, disasters, diseases - these are a few of the “hot topic” issues we all face in providing services for those most vulnerable and who are at the centre of WSSCC's work.

On 30 September 2010, the UN passed a resolution affirming that access to water and sanitation are human rights, making these rights legally binding in international law by nation states. WSSCC continues to work on these crucial human rights, specifically the links between WASH services and these “hot topics”.

Whether it be preparing for impacts of climate change or addressing disaster scenarios, we work to explore measures to reduce vulnerability of affected communities in relation to access to WASH services. Diseases related to poverty, such as diarrhoeal and skin diseases, are most common for people suffering from HIV/AIDS. Through immediate response of sufficient quantities of safe water, arrangement of basic sanitation, and promotion of good hygiene behaviour we can help prevent exposure to infection.

The majority of the urban poor suffer the extensive consequences of poorly accessible and unaffordable options for water supply and sanitation. Supporting the providers of urban services to improve their service delivery can be a very effective way to increase access to water and sanitation among the poor.

On the following pages we refer to and explore important developments on these "hot topics":

  • Climate change and WASH
  • Disaster risk reduction and emergency
  • HIV/AIDs and WASH
  • Rights to Water and Sanitation
  • Services for the  Urban Poor
Last updated: Fri, 01/14/2011 - 15:11