Sanitation and Hygiene Fund (SHF) aims for better facilities in WASH sector.
The Sanitation and Hygiene Fund (SHF) launches through an online event dated on November 17. 2020 Tuesday.
The fund is seeking US dollar 2 billion over the coming five years to provide a 21st-century solution to the decades-old crisis on sanitation, hygiene and menstrual health.
Likewise, 3 billion people lack access to basic handwashing facilities, and nearly 10 per cent of the world’s population still practice open defecation.
Many of the world’s most serious diseases and leading causes of child mortality are related directly to poor sanitation and hygiene. Yet there has been considerable underinvestment in this sector for many years, and this has hampered progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, the SHF said in a press statement.
Today, the COVID-19 pandemic has deepened existing inequalities as masks are too expensive or hard to find, and social distancing is impossible in many of the vulnerable communities. The lack of proper sanitation and hygiene adds to the risks to life and livelihood for the world’s most disadvantaged, threatening the foundations of economies and health security, said the statement.