Water sanitation hygiene

Sanitation

An african woman walking towards a latrine
UNICEF/Pirozzi

Sanitation is critical for preventing many diseases including diarrhoea, intestinal worms, schistosomiasis and trachoma which affect millions of peoples. Ensuring universal access to sanitation in households and institutional settings such as healthcare facilities and schools is essential in reducing disease, improving nutritional outcomes, enhancing safety, well-being and educational prospects, especially for women and girls.

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