Help Children and Youth Realize Their Right to Safe Drinking Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)
Approximately 2.2 million people in developing countries die annually from preventable diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene, and 90 percent of these deaths are in children under the age of five. Over 50 percent of malnutrition cases, globally, are caused by waterborne diseases — diarrhea or intestinal worm infections. Diarrhea remains the second leading cause of death among children under five globally; killing more young children than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined.
Plan works with communities, local government, and at the national level to help build sustainable WASH facilities and operations. Over the longer term, Plan promotes universal access to and use of WASH facilities so that children and youth realize their rights to safe, reliable, and affordable drinking water supplies; to hygienic sanitation; and to live in a clean environment.