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Every day, UNICEF workers brave war zones, treacherous terrain, disasters and disease to make the world safe for kids. UNICEF reaches tens of millions of children around the world every year with critical water, sanitation and hygiene services and suppliesUNICEF provides critical water, sanitation and hygiene services and supplies to tens of millions of kids every year

Kids need UNICEF now more than ever:

  • Globally, some 2 billion people live without the benefits of safe water at home, and about 1.7 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services
  • The absence of these necessities is not only inconvenient — it is lethal. Every day, more than 800 children under-5 die from diseases like diarrhea that are linked to unsafe drinking water, poor sanitation or poor hygiene; and in protracted conflicts, children under age 5 are more than 20 times more likely to die from diarrheal disease linked to unsafe WASH than from violence
  • Greater action is needed to meet global goals for ensuring safe water, sanitation and hygiene services for all
  • In many countries, a significant proportion of women and girls are unable to meet menstrual health needs
  • Roughly 2 in 5 schools worldwide have no water and soap, keeping 818 million students from washing their hands
  • Water scarcity greatly affects 920 million children. Without steps to address climate change, more children will be impacted
  • Intense water scarcity will continue to displace large numbers of people; by 2050, desertification alone will threaten the livelihoods of nearly 1 billion people in approximately 100 countries

“Yes, I’m very proud of what I do. And, yeah, I think I’m brave.” Meet Yusto Katahoire, Chief Hygienist at Kikuube Health Center IV in Kikuube District, western Uganda. The first line of defense in the daily battle to control COVID-19, Katahoire was the first to test positive at the Health Center. But once he recovered, he was back on the job, making the hospital safer for children and families with the help of UNICEF-supplied personal protective equipment and training in infection prevention and control.

“Yes, I’m very proud of what I do. And, yeah, I think I’m brave.” Meet Yusto Katahoire, Chief Hygienist at Kikuube Health Center IV in Kikuube District, western Uganda. The first line of defense in the daily battle to control COVID-19, Katahoire makes the hospital safer for children and families with the help of UNICEF-supplied personal protective equipment and training in infection prevention and control.

 

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  • UNICEF gets results: Every year, UNICEF helps millions of families gain improved access to basic sanitation and safe water services
  • UNICEF tackles tough problems: Through UNICEF's COVID-19 response, 106 million people in 120 countries gained critical water, sanitation and hygiene services and supplies
  • UNICEF is undeterred: Despite years of fighting in Yemen, with the nation's water supply under attack, UNICEF keeps safe water flowing to millions of people while delivering essential hygiene supplies
  • UNICEF innovates to reach more children:With partners, UNICEF develops and installs climate-resilient safe-water services — including solar-powered water systems — benefiting millions of children and their families
  • UNICEF knows keeping girls is school means meeting their hygiene needs: Through UNICEF programs, millions of girls and women in need receive emergency menstrual health and hygiene supplies, including essentials like sanitary pads and tampons, pain medication and soap
  • UNICEF reaches tens of millions of people with safe drinking water and basic sanitation every year
  • In war-torn areas, UNICEF helps give millions of people continuous access to water, sanitation and hygiene
  • Despite years of intense fighting in Yemen, UNICEF keeps safe drinking water flowing to millions of people
  • UNICEF provides menstrual hygiene supplies to meet girls' needs — helping them stay in school
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