UNICEF programmes for water and hygiene
UNICEF plays a leading role in providing water, sanitation and hygiene services in emergency situations: The UN agency has been working to improve water supplies, sanitation and basic hygiene practices around the world for many years now, especially for disadvantaged families in the world’s poorest countries.
UNICEF, for example, provides water for village communities in African countries such as Niger or South Sudan, equips schools with water systems and sanitation facilities, installs solar-powered water systems in refugee camps, and develops innovative technologies to better map water sources.
In addition, UNICEF has launched broad-based education campaigns to teach families and communities about important hygiene rules, so that they can better protect themselves from disease. This is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Worldwide, professional and around the clock: UNICEF has been supporting children for more than 70 years in almost every country on Earth. The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund was established in 1946 to help children in Europe following the devastation to the continent that resulted from the Second World War. Today, UNICEF is committed to ensuring that every child can grow up healthy and safely as well as go to school — regardless of religion, skin colour or racial origin.