WASH: Determining a health goal that works for all

Our new briefing note Water, sanitation and hygiene: determining a health goal that works for allrecommends that focus is given to ensuring successful integration between the different goal areas, and in particular between proposed targets on health and wellbeing and WASH indicators:

  • Targets related to the ‘unfinished business’ of the existing Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), such as maternal and child mortality, include indicators associated with WASH coverage or access, alongside outcome indicators related to reducing specific diseases. For example, this would include measuring diarrhoeal deaths in the child mortality goal.
  • Targets related to universal health coverage recognise the importance of WASH in prevention and treatment of disease, specifically including indicators to measure access to WASH both in and outside health-care settings.