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.

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Regulating for Citywide Inclusive Sanitation

Rallying service providers and regulators for joint action...

Water Safety Planning

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

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 ...

Urban Sanitation and Wastewater

Today, around 80% of all wastewater is discharged into the world’s waterways every day, where it creates health, envir...

Water-Wise Cities

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

Blog Posts

Latest opinions and insights relevant to the water sector

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...
July 22, 2021
In the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, some face masks used to control the spread of the virus as personal protective equipment (PPE) have become an emerging threat ...
February 11, 2021
This blog is part of a series about IWA Fellows and Distinguished Fellows, their career journeys and achievements, ambitions and the COVID-19 challenges in the ...
December 11, 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic we have faced this year has brought new challenges to the water sector. There is an even greater need to improve water quality and safety,...

News / Events

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 ...
November 7, 2018
Placing a jar of faeces on a pedestal next to him, philanthropist Bill Gates made a plea Tuesday for the safe disposal of human waste as he kicked off the &#822...