Access to sanitation lags behind access to water. Quality of service is poor, with intermittent supplies, continuing environmental degradation, and financially weak service providers. There is no universal solution to these challenges, but the World Bank sees them under three broad areas.

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The Water Blog: World Water Week 2015

World Water Week in Stockholm is the annual focal point for global water issues. The 2015 theme is Water for Development. The World Bank Group will convene and participate in several sessions. Please visit the World Bank Group event page for additional detailsYou can also follow along via Twitter using #wwweek.

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The Water Blog: World Water Week 2015

The government of Ethiopia has educated and trained rural residents in improved hygiene and sanitation, making their communities safer and healthier.

According to a recent analysis by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank Global Water Practice's Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) in key countries, over 50 percent of households with children under age three reported that the feces of their children were unsafely disposed of the last time they defecated. 

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Individual Country Profiles: Ensuring Safe Sanitation for Children

In order to end poverty by 2030, everyone needs to do their part, even kids. And they can start by pooping in the toilet and washing their hands. That was the message that Raya, Sesame Street’s global health ambassador, brought to the World Bank headquarters this week.

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Video: World Bank Live Event

Photo Gallery: Sesame Street at the World Bank

Featured Initiatives

Scaling Up Rural Sanitation
Supporting governments and private sector to implement sanitation programs at scale.
Economics of Sanitation (ESI)
Study estimates billions of dollars in losses from poor sanitation.
Domestic Private Sector Participation
Assisting domestic private sector participants to help increase access to water and sanitation services, especially for the poor.

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