Everyone deserves access to safe sanitation and clean drinking water. We, closely with sub-national, national and regional institutions that are directly responsible for sanitation, are urging country leaders to invest in better access to safely managed sanitation services and clean drinking water. We help governments to develop adequate policies and regulations, and are working with institutions such as the African Ministers’ Council on Water and the African Water Association to develop regional guidelines and policies that prioritize sanitation.
We are also working to gather enough credible advocacy partners to push the envelope — to bring discussions of inclusive sanitation into the public discourse. This ties closely with our work on gender equality, including efforts to improve access to menstrual hygiene products and to ensure women and girls have a voice in health decision-making. We have worked with governments to reduce the cost of treating human waste; led campaigns to increase awareness of the importance of equitable sanitation in West Africa; and run a continent-wide media fellowship to increase in-depth, quality coverage of sanitation.