Disability inclusion and WASH in Greece’s migration camps

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Water, sanitation and inclusion: better access is vital in all our WASH operations

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.

People with disabilities are the world’s largest minority, with 15 per cent of the global population affected. An estimated 80 per cent are in developing countries. For our aspirations, expressed in the sustainable development goals, to ensure that everyone has access to good services, disability inclusion adds new challenges.

Recent stories

Thanks to its unique mandate, the Red Cross is one of few humanitarian organizations working in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Åsa Sandberg, Head of Desk at the Swedish Red Cross, has just returned from a field visit to the country.

28 June 2018

By Sajid Hasan, IFRC Azhar Mia, 35, lives in a beautiful green village named Panschim (West) Boroghona in the Banskhali sub-district of Chattogram, Bangladesh, where his house is located just a few kilometers away from the shores of the Bay of Bengal. …

11 June 2018

Follow Irene Nakasiita, Uganda Red Cross Communications Coordinator, as she reports from Parolinya Settlement where Red Cross is supporting thousands of refugees seeking safety from neighbouring South Sudan Reporting by: Irene Nakasiita Under the scorc …

23 April 2018

By Mirabelle Enaka Kima, IFRC Fourteen-year-old Kalala Kazamboua had just been taken back home after being treated for cholera at Mpoyi Health Centre in the Ngandanjika health zone, in Lomami—one of the provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR …

12 April 2018

100 per cent coverage is coming, slowly

At the current rate of improvement, Wateraid estimates that all people in the world will have access to adequate water and sanitation facilities by the year 2057, 27 years behind schedule. The World Health Organization estimates that one newborn baby dies every minute from infection caused by a lack of safe water and an unclean environment.


40 per cent of the world has access to a toilet


91 per cent has access to safe water


Globally 66 per cent of schools have adequate toilet facilities


81 per cent of people living in urban settings have access to a good toilet

Sustainable development goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted in 2015, and call for access to clean water and good sanitation facilities to cover 100 per cent of the world’s population.


  • 1990 76%
  • 2012 89%
  • 2015 91%


  • 1990 49%
  • 2012 64%
  • 2015 68%

Recent highlights

Well drilling in Bangladesh

Community members drilling a well in Balukhali camp for people displaced from Rakhine to Bangladesh. Bangladesh November 2017. Francis Markus/IFRC


Students at Dede Kare elementary school line up to receive a prepared meal, provided through a government school feeding programme. The director says in March 2016, the dropout rate due to the drought was 60% but since the school feeding programme was introduced, enrolment has increased and the dropout rate has decreased to 23%.


Huwa’u Daudaís house is only a few hundred metres from the water source which would, in normal circumstances be convenient. But before it had been rehabilitated by the Nigerian Red Cross, the broken borehole did not have an adequate drainage system, pooling large amounts of grey water right up to her property.


Children fill their containers in Tubaon, Virac Catanduanes. Five Thousand liters of water were distributed to the community wiith reported cases of diarrhea on the increase in the past weeks after typhoon Nina damaged local water sources.


These communities are beneficiaries of the IRIS project, the Senegal River Basin Initiative, aiming to build resiliency of communities living along the Senegal river, in four countries (Guinea, Mali, Senegal and Mauritania).


Hinda Ahmed, 20, stands in front of a Red Crescent clinic in Sahil region, Somaliland. She came to the clinic to get treatment for her four-month-old son who has had chronic diarrhoea for the past week. The pharmacy has given oral rehydration sachets, water treatment tablets and antibiotics to help treat the baby.


Tonga, Tongatapu, 2018. Water is a major concern for many households following Tropical Cyclone Gita which left many without running water. Gemma Snowdon / IFRC


The Zimbabwe Red Cross has been implementing a long-term Disaster Risk Reduction program in her community in Muzarabani province since 2009, with support from the Finnish Red Cross.