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Initiative

Urban Sanitation (inactive)

THE CHALLENGE

Worldwide, an estimated 2 billion people lack access to basic sanitation facilities such as toilets or latrines.* Lack of sanitation contributes to about 10 percent of the global burden of disease, mainly via diarrheal diseases.**

THE OPPORTUNITY

GP funds aim to improve the health and economic position of low-income urban and peri-urban households by investing in partners that provide access to low-cost, hygienic toilets and waste management services.

WHO IS SERVED

The target demographic is populations living in poor, informal settlements in urban and peri-urban areas, living on less than $3.20 PPP/person/day.

WHAT IS DELIVERED

Clients Receive:

  • Low cost, hygienic on-site toilets and community toilets with waste management services.

WHY IT IS IMPACTFUL

Household health and economics improve due to:

  • Access to improved sanitation
  • Reduced use of unhygienic sanitation services
  • Lower rates of diarrhea and sanitation-related diseases

Households in poverty may mitigate climate change by contributing to improved waste management and generation of climate-friendly products that reduce carbon emissions (e.g., organic fertilizer, biogas, insect-based animal feed).

 

* “Sanitation Key Facts,” World Health Organization, 2019, https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/sanitation.
** Duncan Mara, Jon Lane, Beth Scott, and David Trouba, “Sanitation and Health”, PLoS Medicine, no. 7(11) (November 2010), US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health website, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2981586/.