Concern’s approach to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

Concern’s approach to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

29 September 2015

Concern implements WASH programmes in over 20 countries. Discover our research and expertise in this vital development area.

Globally, diarrhoeal diseases are the second leading cause of death among children under five. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 842,000 deaths from diarrhoeal diseases could be prevented each year by improved water, sanitation and hygiene. While impressive progress has been made globally, in 2015, 663 million people still lack access to improved drinking water sources and 2.4 billion people do not have access to improved sanitation facilities.

Concern’s global strategic objective for the WASH sector is closely aligned with the sixth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG): “to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.”

In 2014, our WASH interventions reached over 2 million people. From a total organisational expenditure of €125 million, approximately €22.5 million was spent on improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene promotion.

This guide provides an overview of Concern’s work in WASH. It outlines challenges for the poorest relating to water, sanitation and hygiene services, what we do to address these challenges, how we work and the impact that has been achieved in improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene promotion.

Subsequent sections discuss the particular importance of gender perspectives in WASH programmes; describe Concern’s WASH work in humanitarian emergencies, and how we integrate WASH interventions with other programmes to contribute to broader improvements in health, education and livelihoods of the extreme poor.

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Stephan drinks water from a new, safe source rehabilitated by Concern in Dawili, Central African Republic. Photo taken by Crystal Wells/Concern Worldwide.

Concern’s approach to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

Concern implements WASH programmes in over 20 countries. Discover our research and expertise in this vital development area.