The Impact of WASH on Key Health & Social Outcomes
Review of Evidence


Published in: 2016
Pages: 112

Publisher:
SHARE/UNICEF

Author:
Mills, J. E., Cumming, O.


This evidence paper looks at 10 areas identified collaboratively with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on which WASH can plausibly have a strong impact: diarrhoea, nutrition, complementary food hygiene, female psychosocial stress, violence, maternal and newborn health, menstrual hygiene management, school attendance, oral vaccine performance, and neglected tropical diseases.


Content - Summary

This evidence paper aims to provide evidence for specific elements of UNICEF’s forthcoming WASH Strategy, 2016-2030. In particular, it seeks to present the evidence on the importance of WASH to other outcomes beyond child diarrhoea. A key rationale for investing in WASH is the importance of WASH to other Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) outcomes. The essential inputs that the WASH sector provides, in the form of services and hygiene promotion, have multiple impacts beyond the WASH outcome itself, such as nutritional status, or education. This paper describes the contribution of WASH to outcomes in other sectors and summarises the evidence for investment in these areas.


Bibliographic information

Mills, J. E., Cumming, O. (2016). The Impact of WASH on Key Health & Social Outcomes - Review of Evidence. SHARE/UNICEF


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