Safe drinking water and basic sanitation are essential to human health. While the two are often lumped together under the acronym WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), we here at the Skoll Foundation see them as distinct, though closely related issues.
The world achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water in 2010, ahead of schedule, but sanitation lags far behind, with 2.5 billion people still lacking access to improved sanitation.
There are a host of explanations that contribute to this gap: ...more
- Unrealized demand. Most people understand the importance of clean water for wellbeing, but there is often a lack of understanding about why