Women at a water treatment demonstration.

A product demonstration teaches
women in India about options for water treatment.

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Safe drinking water is essential to good health. But in resource-poor settings, water often comes from unsafe sources and carries deadly pathogens. Of the nearly two million deaths from diarrheal disease each year, many are due to an unsafe water supply.

PATH’s Safe Water Project is testing commercial market approaches for household water treatment and safe storage products in Andhra Pradesh, India, learning about bridging the gap in the distribution of products to developing-country poor. The project focuses on working with partners to build distribution channels, improve existing products to make them more appropriate for low-income settings, and learn about generating demand to sustain correct use and purchase decisions. Ultimately, the project will provide strategies and tools for scale-up, replication, and sustainability for a range of settings. Research on the water treatment market, products, and behaviors is also being conducted in Vietnam, Cambodia, Ghana, Tanzania, and Kenya to support these strategies and tools. More information is available on the PATH website.

UNICEF collaborates with partners, families, and communities in more than 90 countries to improve water supply and sanitation, promote safe hygiene practices, and give urgent relief in response to disrupted water supplies and waterborne diseases.

2.6 billion people live without access to safe drinking water.

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Below are some key documents on handwashing, clean water, and sanitation. Please also visit our partners’ websites for more resources.

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1 United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

PATH/JVG Krishnamurthy.