Water Sanitation and Hygiene
Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
There are strong linkages between access to water, sanitation and hygiene, and gender and Disability. A gender approach to water and sanitation services refers to assuring that all people, regardless of gender, benefit from, and are empowered by improved water and sanitation services, and hygiene practices. Access to safe and clean water and sanitation facilities is a basic right of all people, including people with disabilities, the denial of which can have serious implications on their well-being. For example, inaccessible toilet and water facilities are major contributing factors for school dropout among children with disabilities, especially girls.
The access to clean water and basic sanitation is a right also guaranteed under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
Article 28 in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities focuses on the right of persons with disabilities “to an adequate standard of living for themselves and their families; this includes State Parties duty to ensure equal access to clean water services”.
In terms of improving access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), IFA is a leader in advocating for inclusive access to WASH for PWDs in Nigeria through campaigns and provision of accessible WASH facilities. As a measure towards ensuring that children with disabilities enjoy the benefits that come with WASH, IFA through its Strengthening Toilet Access for Rural Special Schools (STARSS) project has so far provided 20 school toilets in Gindiri School for the Blind powered by Solar borehole.