Global Water and Sanitation Initiative

Increasing access to safe water and sanitation for all: having reached over 15 million people by end of 2015, reach a further 15 million by 2025

The Red Cross Red Crescent Global Water and Sanitation Initiative (GWSI) promotes a common but adaptable approach amongst National Red Cross Red Crescent Societies to establish large-scale, long-term sustainable water and sanitation programmes. It aims to advance efforts in scaling up equitable, sustainable and affordable access to water and sanitation services for all and thus contribute towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Launched in 2005, GWSI was originally planned to target 5 million people over 10 years, but will treble its target by 2015. As global needs remain unfulfilled, the initiative has now been extended another 10 years – until 2025, with an overall goal of 30 million people.

 

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The challenge

The MDG target of halving the number of people without access to basic sanitation by 2015 will fall significantly short.

The world has met the MDG target of halving the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water. However, in 2012 an estimated 748 million people worldwide still lacked access to safe water, so efforts must continue in water provision. Access to sanitation remains a more significant challenge for many countries, with an estimated 2.5 billion people still lacking adequate sanitation facilities – many of whom still practice open defecation.

Illnesses caused by poor sanitation and hygiene place a heavy economic burden upon individuals, families and governments due to the cost of healthcare and the loss of productivity. Lack of sanitation, contaminated water and poor hygiene practices contribute towards almost 90 per cent of child deaths from diarrhoeal diseases.

Our response

A common but adaptable approach for all Red Cross and Red Crescent water and sanitation projects, promoting large-scale and long-term programming.

Over the past ten years, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and its members have significantly scaled- up delivery of longer-term water and sanitation programmes, providing equitable, affordable and sustainable solutions to help improve the health and quality of life of vulnerable communities.

The GWSI supports the design and implementation of a common integrated approach, anchored on participatory and sustainable interventions. It aims to improve access to safe water and adequate sanitation, as well as supporting the application of good hygiene practices and community water management.

The impact

The GWSI has already surpassed its initial goal of reaching 5 million people by 2015, and is on track to reach 15 million people by December 2015.

By december 2015, we will have delivered water and sanitation services to over 15 million people worldwide. We have also reached over 6.5 million people with hygiene promotion activities and campaigns.

 

 



The GWSI has already surpassed its initial goal of reaching 5 million people by 2015, and is on track to reach 15 million people by December 2015.

By December 2015, we will have delivered water and sanitation services to over 15 million people worldwide. We have also reached more than 6.5 million people with hygiene promotion activities and campaigns.

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