Neglected tropical diseases

Water, sanitation and hygiene

Provision of safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is a key intervention within the global NTD roadmap, as it is critical in the prevention and the provision of care for all neglected tropical diseases.

The potential of this intervention needs to be fully tapped if WHO's NTD roadmap targets are to be met. WASH is especially needed where transmission is most closely linked to poor conditions for diseases such as the soil-transmitted helminthiases, schistosomiasis, trachoma and lymphatic filariasis.

The Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases is working closely with that of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health in mobilising WASH and NTD actors to work together to achieve Roadmap targets.

WHO’s Global Strategy on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for accelerating progress on Neglected Tropical Diseases 2015−2020 calls on WASH funders and implementers to target NTD endemic areas and deliver programmes that maximise the effectiveness of WASH interventions for NTD control and elimination.

Water sanitation and hygiene for accelerating and sustaining progress on neglected tropical diseases.
A global strategy 2015−2020