World Water Week


As over 200 collaborating organisations, and over 2,500 participants gather together at the 2014 World Water Week, in Stockholm Sweden from the 31st August to 5th September, PMNCH partners share the newly printed Knowledge Summary #30, Water Sanitation and Hygiene – the impact on RMNCH. Hosted by the World Bank, together with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and Sustainable Energy for All, the World Water Week in Stockholm is the annual meeting platform for the world’s most urgent water-related issues. It brings together actors from across sectors to discuss and exchange ideas and solutions for the improvement of water. Highlighting how investing in improved WASH can benefit reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, PMNCH shares their newly printed Knowledge Summary to advocate for the importance of WASH interventions which have the potential to make positive, sustainable change for women, children and their communities.

The Knowledge Summary notes how creating equitable and safe access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) can dramatically benefit the health and lives of women and children. It highlights how there are clear linkages between poor, unsafe or inequitable WASH and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health outcomes – noting, for instance, that approximately half a million children die every year of diarrhoeal disease caused by unsafe water and poor hygiene practices. The summary also shares crucial information on what works to better RMNCH outcomes through improved WASH, including the integration of WASH programmes into health services and facilities, and how improving WASH access within communities can decrease morbidity and mortality rates amongst women and children. It also highlights how integrating and prioritising WASH interventions can help to ensure that communities and individuals are reached.