- Water, sanitation and hygiene (also known as WASH) are closely connected sectors and essential for good public health. In emergencies and crises, providing access to safe drinking water in sufficient quantities is paramount. Basic sanitation and hygiene education are important for a healthy living environment.
- According to the United Nations, over 700 children under 5 years die of diarrhoea every day, brought about by unsafe water or poor sanitation. WASH, therefore, represents one of the core sectors of humanitarian operations.
- The European Union is one of the largest humanitarian donors of WASH assistance worldwide. It contributes around EUR 200 million each year. This funding ensures timely and dignified access to sufficient and safe water services for populations threatened by humanitarian crises.