Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)
A toilet, clean water, and soap for washing are basic needs. For many people in our project regions, however, these things are not to be taken for granted. A third of the world’s population has no access to sanitary facilities, although a functioning water supply and sanitation system, as well as the opportunity to take basic hygiene measures are essential for a healthy life.
That is why despite our focus on health, our projects in the field of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) form a cornerstone of our work. By taking an integrated approach to health and incorporating components from the fields of health, nutrition and WASH, we can provide simple and effective solutions with a high level of resilience to natural disasters and crises, which can be implemented by local communities themselves. We take extra care to ensure that WASH measures include women, girls, and members of other potentially marginalized groups, such as elderly and disabled people. Simple measures like building a toilet or a well, installing a rainwater collection system, or providing hygiene training can improve life tremendously, and by providing protection from deadly disease, potentially save it as well.
Ensuring quality at all levels
As a member of the German WASH Network, Malteser International is committed to providing access to a sustainable supply of clean water, appropriate sanitary facilities and hygiene practices to all. Our projects offer measures that are specially designed to focus on menstrual hygiene as well as the special needs of girls, women, older people, and people with disabilities.
Malteser International is also member of SuSanA (Sustainable Sanitation Alliance), which is an open network with members who are dedicated to understanding viable and sustainable sanitation systems.
You can find more detailed information in our WASH Guidelines, which are available for download on our publications page.