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Why better water, sanitation and hygiene are necessary for progress on maternal, newborn and child health

2010 Available in English

A mother teaches her child how to wash their hands in Riyakarenzi village, Eastern Rwanda.

A mother teaches her child how to wash their hands in Riyakarenzi village, Eastern Rwanda. Photo: Chris Hoskins/Tearfund

This paper highlights key links between improved access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and maternal, newborn and child health.

It argues that donors and national governments must tackle the Millennium Development Goals in an integrated manner: increased collaboration between the health and WASH sectors will enable sufficient progress in both areas.

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