According to the WHO, 2.5 billion people still remain without improved sanitation facilities and around 900 million people still rely on unimproved drinking-water supplies. Diarrheal disease continuous to be a leading cause of death, particularly affecting children under 5 years of age. Besides diarrhea, poor access to safe water and lack of sanitation can result in other waterborne and infectious diseases including, hepatitis A, dysentery, typhoid fever, and cholera.
In 2006, CCP established the Global Program on Water and Hygiene to work with international and private organizations, governments and communities to improve safe water, hygiene and sanitation practices worldwide. The Global Program on Water and Hygiene at CCP uses strategic health communication to promote safe water and hygiene behaviors. Through a combination of innovative research methods and theories the Global Program strives to bridge the gap between behavior and technologies, and to encourage sustained use of water treatment technologies and hygiene products.
To date, the program has successfully conducted research on the social, cultural and behavioral factors of household water treatment and hygiene in several countries around the world including Guatemala, Pakistan, Haiti, and Indonesia. It has also continued to support the design and implementation of field projects across Asia, Eurasia, Near East, Africa and the Americas with different focus areas:
Through the Global Program on Water and Hygiene, CCP collaborates with many international, governmental and private organizations, including WHO, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, UNICEF, CARE, PSI, PATH, USAID, and the World Bank. A founding member of the International Network to Promote Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage, CCP shares its expertise in health behavior with other safe water and sanitation advocates in governmental development agencies, non-governmental organizations, and research institutions. The CCP Global Program on Water and Hygiene closely collaborates with the Johns Hopkins University Global Water Program led by the Center for Water and Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
CCP's Global Program on Water and Hygiene Brochure is available for more information.