Improving Health for everyone through sanitation safety planning

The Sustainable Development Goal 6.2 aims to provide safely managed sanitation for all by 2030. SDC supports the scaling-up of the World Health Organization’s “Guidelines on Sanitation and Health” and its “Sanitation Safety Planning” tool which supports policymakers and practitioners build and manage safe sanitation systems. By capitalizing on Swiss expertise on sanitation, this intervention will make an important contribution to the 2030 Agenda on access to safe sanitation.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Monde entier
Assainissement d'eau
Éducation sanitaire
01.05.2020 - 31.12.2023
CHF  1’070’000

The WHO “Guidelines on Sanitation and Health” provide an overarching framework to guide a stronger and more systemic public health approach to sanitation.

It was found that the sanitation interventions haven’t yielded so far the expected health impacts and had failed to systematically identify and interrupt the key transmission pathways along the whole sanitation chain. The guidelines have come to bridge the gap. Through this engagement SDC supports a systemic shift in the sanitation system through the up- and out scaling of the Guidelines at national level and global level. These actions will provide a clear advance in how sanitation interventions are conducted and will thereby contribute to the goal of providing safe access to sanitation for everyone, everywhere by 2030.

Objectifs A stronger more systemic public health approach will support advanced access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all, including population groups that were previously not part of a safely managed sanitation system.
Groupes cibles

Through the result chain of the intervention a whole range of actors are benefitting from the intervention:

·       Regional Mechanisms/Global Networks

·       Policy makers, national authorities responsible for sanitation in member states (Governments and local Health actors)

·       Strategic partners such as f.e. WSSCC, UNICEF

·       WHO collaborating centres (contributing to technical and training products, e.g. EAWAG)

·       NGOs in official relations

·       Final beneficiaries are population groups that were previously not part of a safely managed sanitation system Practitioners (service providers, from the public and private sector) 

Effets à moyen terme

·       Outcome 1:  National and International sanitation and health programmes, regulations and initiatives are revised to reflect recommendations and good practice actions in the WHO “Guidelines on Sanitation and Health”.

-        Outcome 2: Risk based approaches following the principles of Sanitation Safety Planning are adopted at national and local level


Principaux résultats attendus:  

·       Output 1: The Guidelines and the risk management approach (SSP) are disseminated and implemented among those responsible for national and international sanitation programmes

·       Output 2: Up-to-date Guidelines learning material and supporting technical documents for risk management approaches are available to support country level implementation

Principaux résultats antérieurs:   WHO issued the 3rd edition of the Guidelines for the Safe Use of Wastewater, Excreta and Greywater in Agriculture and Aquaculture in 2006 but application of these guidelines did not materialize. This new project follows on from the previous Rethinking Sanitation Systems: Resource Recovery and Safe Reuse (RR&R) project funded by SDC in 2011. SDC’s contribution intended to help WHO develop the Sanitation Safety Plans manual (SSP). This manual has provided practical application for the above mentioned WHO guidelines guidelines in the context of low-income, often peri-urban farming communities. The phase 2 of the RR&R project focused on developing a foundation of experience and capacity to underpin a global scale-up of the SSP in 2018 and beyond.

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Secteur privé
Organisme des Nations Unies (ONU)
  • Secteur privé suisse

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs

Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC); Water and Sanitation for All (SWA), Swiss NGO Consortium; AMCOW; Water Aid; UNICEF;

Swiss organizations such as EAWAG; Swiss Institute of Tropical and Public Health (STPH).

Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    1’070’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    487’500