Good water and sanitation services are regarded as a right, but billions of people still don’t have access to them. For people with disabilities, the barriers to access can be so much higher, and the impact greater.

21 March 2018

40% of the world's population has a toilet

World Water Day 2018

91% has access to safe water

World Water Day 2018

66% of schools have good sanitation

World Water Day 2018

81% of urban dwellers have access to a toilet

World Water Day 2018

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IFRC in Europe and Central Asia

About the Europe region

The IFRC’s European Regional Office works in support of 53 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Through its Country Cluster Support Teams and Country Offices, it provides coordination, financial  and technical support for disaster operations and longer term development programmes throughout the region.

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World Disasters Report 2016

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This World Disasters Report makes the case simply and eloquently for a different approach to humanitarian action, one that strives to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable and at-risk communities. To paraphrase the report: investing in resilience saves lives and money.

"Resilience is about empowering people to help themselves. It is about putting our plans and efforts at the service of their initiatives and their capacities. We must step past the artificial divide between humanitarian action and development, and constantly be there on the side of communities." - Elhaj As Sy


The IFRC in numbers


National Societies


Local branches



11.6 million


Our reach

106.5 million

people reached with long-term services and development programmes

49.5 million

people reached with disaster response and early recovery programmes

43.2 million

people reached by disaster risk reduction programmes

188 million

people reached with health support