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
A practical guide to auditing water safety plans
Health care facilities and waste related publications
Water sanitation and hygiene for accelerating and sustaining progress on neglected tropical diseases
Progress on sanitation and drinking water
Sanitation safety planning
GLAAS 2014 findings