We envisage a global society in which nobody suffers from diseases caused by poor sanitation, water or water quality. A world in which nobody needs to practice open defecation and nobody lacks access to safe and clean sanitation facilities and water supply. The European Initiative for Sanitation and Health, EuSAIN, advocates that Sanitation must be recognised by authorities as a priority issue. Good access to drinking water and sanitation promotes an educated and healthy workforce, which constitutes an essential factor for sustained economic growth. Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in. There is sufficient fresh water on the planet to achieve this, but still every year millions of people, most of them children, die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene.

Water cycle and sanitation operators and other stakeholders in water, sanitation and health services must cooperate and help each other to achieve universal access to sustainable services through not-for-profit peer support partnerships. EuSAIN supports stakeholders to build organisational, technical, financial and management capacities to provide sustainable, high-quality sanitation and water services for all and advance public health for people in cities and in rural areas.

Clean water and sanitation are at the core of liveable cities and resilient communities. Achieving SDG 6 is a precondition for achieving other Sustainable Development Goals and to achieve a life in dignity and prosperity for all. Human Rights are universal and EuSAIN will promote implementation of the human rights to water and sanitation in all countries and at all levels.

Facts and figures

  • 2.6 billion people have gained access to improved drinking water sources since 1990, but 663 million people are still without.
  • At least 1.8 billion people globally use a source of drinking water that is fecally contaminated.
  • 2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services, such as toilets or latrines.
  • More than 80 per cent of wastewater resulting from human activities is discharged into rivers or sea without any pollution removal.
  • Each day, nearly 1,000 children die due to preventable water and sanitation-related diarrhoeal diseases.

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