Lack of infrastructure
In many school areas in Maputo there are either no intact sanitary facilities or they are in a desolate state. Therefore, many students avoid them, which leads to public defecation or children not going to school at all. In addition, there is often no infrastructure to wash hands and thus prevent the spread of diseases.
Girls of menstruating age are particularly affected
A lack of or inadequate sanitation infrastructure particularly affects girls of menstruating age. Many girls therefore stay away from school during menstruation, which increases the inequality of opportunity.
Globally, over 443 million school days are lost each year due to waterborne diseases.
40 % of diseases due to lack of access to sanitation and drinking water are transmitted in schools.
Less than 30 % of all schools have gender-separated toilets.
To improve the WASH situation in schools, we pursue three goals:
to provide students with an adequate learning environment with hygienic conditions
reduce gender inequality of opportunity
to effectively counter the spread of waterborne diseases