Published in: 2011
This report gives an overview of the information relevant to the water,
sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector in the world’s first report on
disability. It also highlights how WaterAid is addressing the recommendations in the report, as well as where we could develop our approaches further.
The report states that disability is less about health conditions and more about social and economic barriers to inclusion. Health conditions that increase the risk of disability include environmental factors such as low birth weight and a lack of essential dietary nutrients. The situation is worsened by exposure to poor sanitation, unsafe water, a lack of access to healthcare and malnutrition. A person’s environment has a major effect on the prevalence and extent of disability. For this reason, the WHO report puts safe water and sanitation at the centre of helping to prevent disability and poverty.
WaterAid (2011). What the Global Disability Report means for the WASH sector. WaterAid, UK
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