Health

Health

1.5% of the global disease burden is attributed to inadequate water, sanitation and hand hygiene practices.

Water, both quality and quantity, and sanitation are critical for human health and promoting wellbeing. Currently, over 800 million people lack access to safe and reliable water, while over 2.5 billion people lack access to basic sanitation. Every year millions of people die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene. Despite improvements in access over recent decades, universal access to clean water and sanitation remains a huge challenge. Emerging contaminants, from domestic, industrial and agricultural sources require vigilance and appropriate responses.

Projects

See projects in this thematic area

Water-Wise Cities

Humanity cannot thrive and survive without water. Cities cannot function without water. A simple, but powerful reality. ...

Inclusive Sanitation

  Reshaping the global agenda on urban sanitation  ...

Water Safety Planning

Humanity cannot thrive and survive without water. Cities cannot function without water. A simple, but powerful reality. ...

Regulating for Citywide Inclusive Sanitation

Rallying service providers and regulators for joint action...

Human Rights to Water and Sanitation

Since the recognition, in 2010, of access to safe drinking water and sanitation as Human Rights by the Member States of ...

Blog Posts

Latest opinions and insights relevant to the water sector

November 11, 2022
I have travelled across multiple continents looking at (and using) toilets for my work with the SaniPath team.  Our team uses public health principles to under...
January 6, 2022
Throughout the pandemic, the water sector has played its regular vital role in ensuring essential services keep running. It has also helped through the emerging...
November 18, 2021
Despite recent progress, we’re still facing a global sanitation crisis. According to WHO/UNICEF currently almost half of the global population (46%) still doe...
October 14, 2021
To mark Global Handwashing Day on 15 October, Léo Heller, former UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to water and sanitation, writes about the human righ...

News / Events

October 12, 2022
Global Handwashing Day is an annual advocacy day on 15 October dedicated to advocating for handwashing as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent dise...
October 21, 2021
We are pleased to announce that the full programme of the Emerging Water Leaders Forum (9-11 November 2021) is now available! This edition is centred around a v...
March 30, 2020
The COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic has raised many questions for the water supply and wastewater sector around the world. This includes the public seeking reass...
November 19, 2018
IWA and IHE Delft create synergies to stimulate a new wave of sanitation professionals around the world Agreement on a new partnership for early and mid-career ...