SANITATION AND HYGIENE
Alignment with the U.S. Global Water Strategy
This topic aligns with Strategic Objective 2 in the U.S. Global Water Strategy: Increase Equitable Access to Safe, Sustainable, and Climate-Resilient Drinking Water and Sanitation Services and the Adoption of Hygiene Practices
Efforts to extend universal access to safe and reliable sanitation services are a cost-effective way to improve the quality of life and well-being for much of the world’s population, contributing to a more productive global workforce and a more stable global economy. Despite the challenges posed by global pandemics, increased conflict, and climate change, more people have access to safely managed sanitation services and basic hygiene services than ever before. USAID works every day with governments, local stakeholders, and partners to make it possible to achieve universal sanitation access by 2030 and increase the adoption of key hygiene practices worldwide.
USAID WASH Lead, Rami Wehbeh discusses Strategic Objective 2 in the Lebanese context
Increase area-wide access to safe, equitable, and affordable sanitation services.
USAID partners with local government and public and private sector service providers to expand access to safe, affordable, reliable, and climate-resilient sanitation and hygiene services and products across entire cities, districts, or counties, including in institutional settings like schools and healthcare facilities.
Improve performance and climate resilience of sanitation service providers.
USAID works through local systems to improve the performance of service providers and market actors along sanitation and hygiene value chains. USAID also works to strengthen service providers’ adaptive capacities necessary to respond to complexity and uncertainty from climate change.
Increase adoption of key hygiene practices.
USAID supports state-of-the-art social and behavior change approaches that concurrently address individual, structural, and social factors to increase the adoption and sustained practice of key hygiene behaviors, including for menstrual health.
Read more under Strategic Objective 2 in the U.S. Global Water Strategy.
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