by John Sauer and Jennifer Marcy, Senior Technical Advisors for Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, PSI
Approximately 500 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to a basic toilet, making them vulnerable to avoidable dangers like chronic disease, malnutrition and gender-based violence. We’re not doing enough to ensure they have access to the sanitation services they deserve. The World Bank predicts that at the current rate, it will take several hundred years to reach universal coverage of basic sanitation. In short, business-as- usual is not getting us there.
In an effort to reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6—availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030—PSI has partnered with Oxfam and Social Finance to create a global movement that will push forward progress for sanitation. This initiative aims to deliver sustained access to simple and affordable sanitation for 100 million people through the marketing, sales and installation of 20 million hygienic toilets.
This effort is built around three pillars of change: an approach built on inclusive markets, simple and affordable products and funding instruments that are fit-for-purpose. It will first be delivered in a small number of low-income countries, focusing on inclusive markets to ensure that consumers can access modern toilets at scale and pace.
This endeavor is complex, requiring upfront funding across donor communities. But with investment and cooperation across the development community, we aspire to deliver toilets for all.
This article appears in PSI’s Impact magazine, released in tandem with Women Deliver 2019, as part of an ongoing conversation about putting #PowerInHerHands.
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