Safe sanitation is vital for people's health, economic well-being, dignity, and local environment.

WSSCC dedicates the vast majority of its effort to sanitation and hygiene, while continuing some work on water. The rationale for this decision is simple: 2.5 billion people - or about 40% of the world’s population - do not have access to basic sanitation. These numbers shame humanity. The consequences in terms of human suffering and economic loss are enormous.

Progress on sanitation is lagging far behind that on almost all other important development subjects, including water. The world is badly off-track to achieve the Millennium Development Goal target for sanitation. There are several reasons for this, notably: reticence to talk about the subject itself; lack of political leadership on the subject; inconsistent ways of tackling the problem; and inadequate finance.

Through its work on various sanitation-related themes, WSSCC helps foster knowledge and understanding on ideas and methods which help to improve sanitation coverage. This is important because access to safe sanitation improves health, generates economic development, promotes social development, helps the environment, and is universally achievable.

On the following pages we refer to important developments and areas in the sanitation sector:

•    Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS)
•    Ecological Sanitation
•    Household Centered Environmental Sanitation
•    Sanitation Financing
•    Solid Waste Management
•    Sustainable Sanitation
•    Urban Sanitation

Last updated: Thu, 12/12/2013 - 12:15