Triple Threat Report – United Nations Children’s Fund

Triple Threat Report – United Nations Children’s Fund

Recently UNICEF has released a report titled United Nations Children’s Fund “Triple Threat”.

The report examines the ‘triple burden’ of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) related hazards faced by children.

WASH is a collective term used to describe access to safe drinking water, access to improved sanitation facilities and maintaining basic levels of sanitation.

Triple burden/threat is defined as the following:

  • Less than 50 percent availability of basic water or sanitation services.
  • Unsafe WASH practices responsible for most deaths of children under 5 in top 20 countries.
  • Being in the top 25 percent of countries at highest risk of climate and environmental hazards under UNICEF’s Children’s Climate Risk Index (CCRI).

Key findings of report:

  • 600 million children globally still face a lack of safely managed drinking water. Additionally, 689 million are deprived of basic sanitation-related services.
  • 4 lakh children under the age of 5 die every year due to unsafe wash.
  • The burden of triple threat is highest among the 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Key Recommendations:

  • Current investments need to be scaled up to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to WASH by 2030.
  • Resilience needs to be strengthened in the WASH sector and communities.
  • Effective and accountable coordination and capacity to deliver water and sanitation services should be promoted.

Source – UNICEF

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