Water, Sanitation And Hygiene

Women and girls are disproportionately affected by a lack of access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). Many women and girls often walk miles and queue for hours to manage water for their families. Women and girls also pay a heavier price because of poor sanitation. Without basic toilets, many are compelled to relieve themselves in the fields or forests before dawn or after dark. They are exposed to the risk of harassment and even assault. Besides, the lack of safe and clean WASH facilities in schools is one of the main factors preventing girls from attending school. Access to safe and clean water plays an important role in meeting the specific needs of women and girls and contributing to their social and economic development.

Clean water, sanitation, and good hygiene practices are essential for all. Without these basic needs, the lives of millions of people, especially children, are at risk. For children under five, water-and sanitation-related diseases are one of the leading causes of death. Many children die from preventable diseases caused by poor water quality and a lack of sanitation and hygiene.

NMWWS is committed to SDG#6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. NMWWS focuses on:

  • Sanitation and hygiene education in schools and madrasa
  • Installing a model sustainable WASH system in schools and Madrasa
  • WASH awareness campaign at the community level
  • Develop model communities with a sustainable WASH system.