This annual results report summarizes the significant progress that has been made in improving access to water, sanitation, and hygiene for children and their families. It also dicusses their strategic plan for the future and the challenges that remain due to inequitable access to facilities and services and the disparities that exist based on wealth, gender, ethnicity, and geographic location.
- The 2014 WASH emergency response effort was the largest ever for UNICEF. Tens of millions of people were provided with emergency water, appropriate sanitation, handwashing facilities, WASH in schools, and, for 1.7 million women and girls, menstral hygiene supplies.
- UNICEF direct programming helped 11.3 million people gain access to sanitation facilities and 19,097 communities be certified as open defecation free, which in Mali, lead to a 57 percent reduction in diarrhoea-related under-5 mortality rates.
- Two-and-a-half billion people are still without basic sanitation; 1 billion people are still defecating in the open; and 748 million still lack improved water supplies.
- UNICEF has started addressing supply-side issues and sanitation marketing on a larger scale while consolidating demade-side programming.
- UNICEF will review the WASH strategy (2006Ã¢â‚¬â€œ2015) with a view to developing a new strategy in early 2016 that will define the organizationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s role in helping countries achieve the SDGs.