Drinking water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools Global baseline report 2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), through the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (JMP), have produced regular updates on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) since 1990. Together, they are responsible for monitoring Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets 6.1 and 6.2 and supporting monitoring of other WASH-related targets.

In 2018 they release the ‘DRINKING WATER, SANITATION AND HYGIENE IN SCHOOLS Global baseline report 2018’.

Children spend a significant portion of their day at school where WASH services can improve educational opportunities and decrease the potential for disease transmission between students, in addition to addressing issues around dignity, particularly for girls. The importance of WASH in schools has been recognized globally by its inclusion in the SDGs (targets 4.a, 6.1, 6.2) as key components of a 'safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environment' and part of 'universal' WASH access.

JMP monitoring of WASH in schools includes tracking ‘basic’ drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services in pre-primary, primary and secondary schools. Definitions of ‘basic’ services have been developed by a global task team convened by the JMP and incorporated into new JMP service ‘ladders’ for WASH in schools. JMP estimates for WASH in schools are based on the new harmonized core indicators. Data on these indicators can be explored in an interactive data dashboard.

You can read the report here if you haven’t checked it yet!



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