Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools: Global Baseline Report 2018

Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools: Global Baseline Report 2018

Only two-thirds (69 percent) of schools globally had basic drinking water service in 2016, with nearly 570 million school children having no access to drinking water at all, a report from the and the ’s Joint Monitoring Programme finds. According to the report, (84 pages, PDF), 66 percent of schools had basic sanitation service, while more than 111 million children had no access to such services at school. And while 53 percent of schools had basic hygiene service, defined as a handwashing facility with water and soap, 11 percent had water but no soap. The 4 and 6 — ensuring access to and  — are mutually reinforcing, the report argues, before calling for closer collaboration between WASH and education stakeholders at the national and international level. WASH-in-school programs also provide an important entry point for raising awareness and promoting the behavior change necessary to end open defecation and achieve universal access to WASH in households as well as other institutional settings, including healthcare facilities and workplaces.