WASH for Public Health
In Sub-Saharan Africa, 70% of the population live without access to basic sanitation. This has far-reaching consequences for public health. In order to counteract the spread of waterborne diseases in the long term, water and wastewater systems must be considered holistically. This is summarised under the term WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene).
Lack of Infrastructure and Systems
Basic sanitation is severely underdeveloped in many areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. There are often not enough sanitary facilities or they expose users to the risk of coming into contact with faecal matter. In addition, there is no controlled treatment of waste water. In urban areas, only every fourth person has access to basic hand washing facilities.
Water as a Carrier of Disease
Contaminated water is one of the main infection routes for the transmission of deadly diseases such as cholera. In many cases, contaminated water cannot be detected by the senses. This makes it more difficult and important to impart knowledge about personal hygiene, the use of water and the far-reaching consequences for health.
3 out of 4 people in Sub-Saharan Africa have no access to basic sanitation facilities.
Around 6% of people worldwide practice public defecation. The number of unreported cases is high.
Half of all hospital beds in countries of the Global South are occupied by people suffering from diarrhoeal diseases.
40% of diseases caused by lack of access to basic sanitation and drinking water are transmitted to schools.
The improvement of the WASH situation improves the lives of thousands of people. Our goals are based on this vision:
combat the spread of waterborne diseases effectively
reduce gender inequalities with regard to infrastructure and awareness-raising measures
support and connect local actors and structures in a goal-oriented way in order to prevent parallel structures