Only 42 percent of Afghans have access to clean drinking water. Moreover, only 27 percent of the rural population has access to sanitation facilities resulting in exposure to water-borne illnesses that cause diarrhea, claiming the lives of an estimated 85,000 Afghan children under the age of five every year. USAID partners with the UNICEF to work with the Afghan Government, with other development agencies, and with civil society to strengthen the quality of water, sanitation, and hygiene services in households, schools, and health facilities. The program aims to improve the lives of at least 75,000 vulnerable and disadvantaged households in 16 selected rural Afghan provinces.
The project aims to accomplish the following goals during the lifetime of the project: