Water Sanitation Health

Universal access to water and sanitation: The lifeblood of good health

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9 October 2013 – WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan delivered two keynote addresses at the Budapest Water Summit, emphasizing how safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene are fundamental to health, well-being, and poverty eradication. Along with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, she stressed how sanitation must be given a higher place in any agenda for future development.

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WHO works on aspects of water, sanitation and hygiene where the health burden is high, where interventions could make a major difference and where the present state of knowledge is poor. Our work is divided into six core activities:

  • Drinking-water quality management
  • Water supply and sanitation monitoring
  • Cholera surveillance and prevention
  • Water and sanitation in different settings
  • Water resources management
  • Other activities (including economic aspects, climate change, and the Millenium Development Goals).