Coordinating the UN's work on water and sanitation

Health and hygiene across the life course

Sustainable Development Goal 6 represents some of the most influential cross-cutting topics in the world: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). For too long, sanitation and hygiene have been taboo topics, often forgotten in development work, despite the 2.4 billion people on the planet who still lack access to them.

Those who suffer most from a lack of safe hygiene are the most vulnerable: women and girls, the elderly, the disabled, sanitation workers, migrants, and those living in rural areas.

During the World Health Assembly 2017, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), SCA, Government of Kenya and WaterAid came together to share approaches to ensure good hygiene and health practices and to raise standards across the life course, from childhood to adolescence, from motherhood to menopause, to old age and responding to disabilities.

Access the side session report here.