Sanitation Contributes to Social Development

    What is the social impact of good sanitation? Better sanitation systems allow more pupils to attend school. Good school sanitation facilities are essential for keeping children in school, and particularly for girls and young women during their menstruation cycle.


    Education is a key requirement for social development and a prerequisite for good education.


    Improved sanitation increases learning and retention among school children.


    Sanitation is dignity. It contributes to gender equality and social development.


    • 194 million annual school attendance days could be gained by meeting the sanitation MDG (comparision to year 2000)*
    • girls' enrolment in school increases by 11% if sanitary latrines are provided**

    *  Hutton and Haller, WHO 2004
    **  DPHE-DPE-UNICEF, 1994