Water and sanitation

Of the 912 million people living in the WHO European Region, in 2015 more than 62 million lack access to an adequate sanitation facility and 14 million do not use a basic drinking-water source. While access has increased in the last decades, there are notable disparities between rural and urban areas, especially in the Caucasus and central Asia, where less than 40% of rural dwellers use piped water on premises.

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First national training workshop on water-related diseases in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

In cooperation with the national institute for public health, WHO/Europe held the workshop on 9–10 March 2016, to strengthen the country's surveillance of water-related diseases.


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Protocol on Water and Health

The Protocol on Water and Health to the 1992 Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes is the first major international legal approach for the prevention, control and reduction of water-related diseases in Europe.

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The situation of water, sanitation and hygiene in schools in the pan-European region

Adequate access to water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) is every human’s and child’s right. This publication summarizes the status of WASH in schools in the pan-European region.

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In countries

The WHO "Guidelines for drinking-water quality" recommend the water safety plan approach as the most effective way of ensuring the provision of safe drinking-water. WHO/Europe supports the implementation of the Guidelines by building in-country capacities and facilitating water safety plan demonstration projects.

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