Clean drinking water and hygiene are essential factors of health, yet 800 million people worldwide continue to live without access to drinking water and 2.6 billion without sanitary facilities. These deficiencies account for 80 per cent of illnesses in developing countries. Functioning and environmentally sound waste water management and garbage disposal remain the exception in rural and poor urban areas.
Swiss Red Cross recognises health to be a fundamental right and a prerequisite for decent living conditions. The main mission of SRC International Cooperation is to foster healthy living and improved disaster management capacities among particularly vulnerable people and communities. Improving people’s access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene is integral to the SRC’ overall mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in Switzerland and abroad, fostering healthy living and improved disaster management capacities among particularly vulnerable people and communities.