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Wednesday, May 06 2020 - 23:27
WSSCC Approved to Become the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund
GENEVA, May 6 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

The Steering Committee of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council 
(WSSCC) took a landmark decision on Monday by approving WSSCC’s new 2021-2025 
strategy, which paves the way for WSSCC to evolve into the Sanitation and 
Hygiene Fund, a scalable and global Fund to effectively support the world’s 
poorest and most left behind in achieving the sanitation and hygiene related 
Sustainable Development Goal. 

Today, ensuring access to adequate levels of sanitation and hygiene is more 
urgent than ever: Lack of access to adequate sanitation and hygiene, including 
menstrual health and hygiene stands as one of the greatest impediments to the 
achievement of many of the Sustainable Development Goals, leaving large numbers 
of people exposed to not only outbreaks or pandemics of infectious disease, 
such as diarrheal diseases, cholera, Ebola and Covid-19, but also maternal and 
neonatal death, inadequate sexual and reproductive health, the spread of 
anti-microbial resistance, sepsis and malnutrition. 

Women and girls are disproportionately affected by poor sanitation, hygiene and 
menstrual health which negatively impacts their safety and dignity from 
sanitation-related gender-based violence, mobility, freedom of choice, health 
and their access to employment, and social and economic power. Yet, at the 
current rate of progress, the Sustainable Development Goal target on sanitation 
and hygiene is projected to be only reached in the 22nd century. 

The Sanitation and Hygiene Fund therefore calls on global leaders, including 
national governments, to drastically scale up their investments in sanitation 
and hygiene in schools, health care centers and at the household level and to 
ensure the necessary innovation that supports better sanitation and hygiene.

WSSCC has already reached millions of people around the world with essential 
and often life-saving interventions in sanitation and hygiene. Building on 
WSSCC’s achievements and the support provided by its longstanding donors and 
partners, the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund will support eligible countries to 
access increased and catalytic financing to close the gaps in their national 
sanitation and hygiene strategies. 

“Today, we recognize the need for a global approach, a transformative approach, 
and a long-term approach. With the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund, we are calling 
upon world leaders to help us fill a void in the international response to the 
sanitation, hygiene, and menstrual health crisis,” says Hind Khatib-Othman, 
Chair of WSSCC. 

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About WSSCC 
The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council is a UN-hosted membership 
organization with 30 years of expertise working to improve sanitation and 
hygiene for those most left behind and least able to respond. WSSCC has been 
focusing on SDG 6.2 (sanitation, hygiene and menstrual health). Learn more on 
our website ( and connect with us on Facebook 
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For more information on the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund and to request an 
interview, contact: 
Hiro Saito, 
Head of Corporate Communications and Advocacy, 
Tel: +41 22 552 5212; Mobile: +41 79 684 3598, 

Source: WSSCC