Each day, more than 6,000 children under age five die from diseases spread by unsafe water or lack of basic sanitation and hygiene. More than half of these deaths are preventable through simple interventions, including the provision of clean water, proper sanitation and hygiene education.
Diarrhea is the second biggest killer of children in the world. Inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) causes almost 90 per cent of diarrhea incidence around the world and contributes to half of the global cases of malnutrition.
The three elements of World Vision’s approach to WASH are: leveraging change; improving facilities; and enabling environment.
World Vision works to increase and improve access to these life-saving services in five main areas:
- promoting hygiene and changing behaviour
- integrated, community based WASH
- WASH in schools
- WASH in rapid-onset emergencies
- WASH in urban areas