Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Water is life. Whether for nutrition, irrigation of fields, feeding of animals or personal care: Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are the vital elements for health and development and are a basic human right. However, they are denied to 3.5 billion people worldwide. Almost 750 million people have no access to clean drinking water, and one in three is without a toilet.
The 3 Threats from Dirty Water and a Lack of Hygiene
In such catastrophic conditions, germs spread particularly quickly. With dramatic consequences:
Women and Girls are Particularly at Risk
Because even small girls have to help their mothers with the arduous job of collecting water, many of them do not learn to read or write. Anyone who does attend school often finds dire sanitary conditions there. As a result, many girls stay away from lessons during their periods, or they stop attending all together. Without education and a job, women have little chance of sustainably improving their living conditions.
Overcoming Hunger and Poverty with WASH
Clean water, sanitary facilities and hygiene are crucial steps on the path to #ZeroHunger. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), better provision could save nearly 2.4 million human lives annually. Welthungerhilfe is contributing to this by approving approximately 25 new WASH projects every year. Each of these measures opens up opportunities for around 50,000 people to live a dignified life through good health, food and nutrition security and a better income.