Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is a human right, enshrined in international law since 2010. However, there are still 748 million people in the world without access to clean, drinkable water, and 2.5 lack access to basic sanitation. Diarrheal disease - most often caused by poor WASH - is the second leading cause of deaths in children in the world. WASH is essential to human health, livelihoods, culture and dignity.
To mark World Water Day on 22nd March 2015, King's College London (KCL) Department of Geography is launching a WASH Week. A range of expert speakers from NGOs and academia will join the WASH Week to talk about different aspects of WASH - why it is not a universally enjoyed human right and what needs to be done to facilitate that goal. The causes for the gap are numerous, but one centrally recognised issue is the distribution of resource and decision-making power at various scales in WASH development and distribution programmes. The conference will also offer training sessions for those interested in obtaining new skills in WASH management.
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