Through water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) investments, USAID works to improve health outcomes, providing improved access to safe water supply and sanitation, while promoting improved hygiene practices and supporting approaches that can be brought to scale and sustained. These services can improve health, lower health care costs, and save time, particularly for poorer populations. The results can be immediate and long term with economic and social benefits vital to millions of people.
Water for Health—Strategic Objective 1 (SO1) in USAID’s Water and Development Strategy (2013-2018)—seeks to improve health outcomes through the provision of sustainable WASH. Under the Strategy, USAID’S WASH activities focus on the following areas to most effectively improve water supply, sanitation, and hygiene and promote integration of these complementary WASH sector interventions to facilitate access to appropriate hardware and supplies; promote sanitation and hygiene behavior change; and create an improved enabling environment for sustainable improvements in water and sanitation access.