Water sanitation hygiene

Preparation of SDG baselines

The 2030 SDG agenda was agreed in 2015 by 193 Member States, and includes an ambitious dedicated Goal 6 for water and sanitation. Eleven indicators are being developed to monitor progress towards the eight SDG 6 targets, and data are being collected to produce baseline estimates. The WHO/UNICEF JMP will produce global monitoring reports for targets 6.1 and 6.2 on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene while WHO with UN-Habitat will monitor target 6.3 on wastewater. The GLAAS initiative will monitor the two ‘Means of Implementation’ indicators 6a and 6b.
See individual pages to learn about contributing data for SDG monitoring.

Call for abstracts - Wastewater and health scientific seminar

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The theme of Stockholm Water Week 2017 is Wastewater. WHO is co-convening a special seminar on Wastewater and Health – managing risks, seizing opportunities. Abstracts are welcome from experts and actors of all disciplines who wish to present their work for oral or poster presentations. Submissions may cover topics including but not limited to risk assessment and management for safe reuse, health impact assessment, emerging issues such as antimicrobial resistance and wastewater and enabling policies and standards. Submissions are open between November 2016 and January 22, 2017

Quantitative microbial risk assessment

This publication synthesizes the current knowledge on Quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) to facilitates its application in the practice of water supply, water reuse and water recreation to support the management of risks associated with faecal pathogens in the water-related context. Guidance is provided to support the successful of QMRA with key aspects including : the role of interaction between risk managers and risk assessors ; interpretation of scientific data including uncertainty ; and interpretation of quantitative results. Many examples including six full case studies are described.

Protecting surface water for health

Protecting surface water for health provides a structured approach to the assessment and management of drinking-water quality related risks in surface-water catchments. The publication will support the development and application of water safety planning where source-water protection is a key element in the provision of safe drinking-water. Protecting surface water for health embraces the concept put forward by Goal 6 of the SDGs to “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”, recognizing that the protection of water quality and water-related ecosystems contributes to public health protection.

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WHO works on aspects of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) where the health burden is high and where evidence-based interventions could make a major difference.

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