Wastewater disposal trucks.  Photo Credit: Melody McNeil, USAID/West Africa


Did you know one out of every three people in the world lacks a hygienic toilet in their homes? Sanitation is more than just toilets, however — it encompasses the facilities, behaviors, and services that prevent diseases caused by contact with human waste. USAID helps partner countries reach the poor and underserved to end open defecation, gain first-time or improved access to basic sanitation services, and move progressively toward safely managed services. This collection page features a variety of technical, multimedia, and learning resources showing the many ways sanitation shapes key aspects of international development. For more information on sanitation-related topics, you can also visit’s Sanitation & Hygiene homepage.

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