Poor sanitation and a lack of clean water can kill. It degrades health, especially that of children, and undermines education. It affects whole communities but consistently those most severely affected are the poor and disadvantaged.
Improving sanitation represents the best options to really accelerate health, social and even economic development.
Each year more than 20 000 people die in Vietnam because of poor water, sanitation and hygiene (WHS). The lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene remains an urgent health issue in Vietnam.
Water-related improvements are crucial to meeting the Millennium Development Goals, reducing child mortality and improving health and nutritional status in a sustainable way.
* World Health Organisation Representative Office in Vietnam 2009