Water Sanitation Health

Water, sanitation and health databases and statistics

The WHO and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP) keep a data base containing not only water supply and sanitation coverage estimates but also all the data from household surveys (MICS, DHS, Censuses, etc) which were considered for these estimates.

The healthcare waste working group operates and maintains a database for selecting appropriate technical options for managing healthcare waste. The database can be accessed on healthcare waste website along with other information on healthcare waste management

Water Law and Standards is a joint project of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The database of national water legislation is ready for use and is linked to FAO's existing FAOLEX database of legislation on natural resources, whereas the database of national water quality standards is under construction.

To promote a common understanding of technical terms related to health and environment issues WHO has created an on-line searchable database containing glossary information with multi-language terminology equivalence, called the Health and Environment Lexicon (THE Lexicon). This work builds on a multilingual (English/French/Spanish/ Portuguese/German) glossary developed by CEPIS - the WHO/PAHO Pan-American Centre for Sanitary Engineering and Environmental Sciences.

The databases can be accessed through web sites: