An important fraction of the burden of water-related diseases (in particular: water-related vector-borne diseases) is attributable to the way water resources are developed and managed. In many parts of the world the adverse health impacts of water pollution, dam construction, irrigation development and flood control cause significant preventable disease.
WHO’s Water, Sanitation and Health Programme focuses on:
- Water resource quality
- Health impact assessment
- Intersectoral collaboration
- Environmental management
It also explores options to integrate health risk assessment and management into strategies and programmes for nature conservation, in particular of wetlands, and for the promotion of biological diversity.
Recent WSH publications
GLAAS 2014 findings: Highlights for the Region of the Americas
WHO International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies
GLAAS 2014 findings: Highlights for the South-East Asia Region
UN-Water GLAAS TrackFin Initiative
GLAAS 2014 findings: Highlights for the Eastern Mediterranean Region