water and sanitation

Three billion people globally lack handwashing facilities at home: UNICEF

Although handwashing with soap is vital in the fight against infectious diseases, including COVID-19, billions of people around the world do not have ready access to a place to do it, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday. 

UNICEF: Time is of the essence, as water shortages compound desperate situation in Beirut

Risk of water-borne diseases is rising in Beirut, in the aftermath of the devastating explosion in early August, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned, calling for urgent action to ensure families and responders have access to safe water and sanitation. 

Coronavirus and schools: Access to handwashing facilities key for safe reopening

Nearly 820 million children worldwide do not have basic handwashing facilities at school, putting them at increased risk of COVID-19 and other transmittable diseases, according to a report published on Thursday by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF.

News in Brief 27 July 2020

  • 'Hard choices' ahead on COVID warns WHO
  • Rights to water and sanitation are key: UN experts
  • Good news on hepatitis B
Audio -
3'43"

Global Acceleration Framework to speed up water and sanitation access for all

A new mechanism launched on Thursday aims to speed up action so that people everywhere will have access to water and sanitation by the end of the decade, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Water access critical to beating back COVID-19 spread in slum areas

As regular hand washing is a key tool in combating COVID-19, the UN and its partners are taking steps to ensure people living in informal settlements have access to running water at this critical time, according to the agency working to achieve more sustainable cities.

Lack of basic water facilities risks millions of lives globally: UN health agency

More than two billion people face grave health risks because basic water facilities are not available in one in four medical centres globally, the UN has said, in an appeal to countries to do more to prevent the transmission of treatable infections that can turn deadly if not washed or flushed, away. 

Toilet talk is essential to help 2.5 billion people who have nowhere to relieve themselves

It’s not every day you see a giant inflatable toilet installed in downtown Geneva outside the UN, but that’s what was on view today, in a bid to raise awareness about the fact that more than 890 million people still defecate in the open.

Audio -
5'35"

Ghanaian student finds value in intercultural exchange

A Ghanaian medical student in Russia says learning the language helped him to not only understand the people but to bear with predicaments ranging from the cold weather to racism.

Audio -

UN calls on countries to ensure access to water and sanitation in development agenda

The United Nations and its partners today called on the international community to prioritize ensuring access to water and sanitation to vulnerable populations in the ‘post-2015’ development agenda, stressing this would help combat inequality and promote human rights and sustainability.