We are making progress in more than 50 countries around the world. We focus on bringing water access to communities. Providing clean, safe water to communities reduces the time needed to collect water so children have time to go school, and parents – especially mothers — have time to earn more money to support their families. We also focus on water, sanitation and hygiene in households, encouraging behaviours that keep water clean, provide safe toilets and other practices to manage household waste, and ensure all family members wash their hands with soap. Finally, we focus on water sanitation and hygiene in healthcare facilities and schools, making sure these places have access to clean water, dignified toilets and appropriate handwashing facilities. We give special attention to ensure these facilities are friendly to the needs of women and girls and accessible to people with disabilities.
There’s more to be done. Almost 800 children die each day due to diarrhoea caused by unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene. The world has pledged to solve this by achieving universal and equitable access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for all by 2030. Our commitment to help achieve this is to ensure clean water, sanitation and hygiene for everyone, everywhere we work, by 2030.