ABOUT US

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Background

Safe sanitation is a human right and one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 6.2). Nevertheless, around 4.5 billion people globally remain without access to safely managed sanitary facilities. More than 600 million students do not have adequate toilets nor handwashing facilities in their schools and 1.5 billion people depend on health care facilities without basic sanitation services. Financial resources and knowledge that are required to renovate, build, operate, and maintain sanitary facilities are often missing. In addition, the importance of safe hygiene practices for human health and well-being is commonly overlooked. A lack of access to safe sanitation and hygiene particularly affects disadvantaged and vulnerable groups like women and girls.

In this context, in 2016, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) commissioned Sanitation for Millions to improve access to safe sanitation and hygiene with a focus on disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. More than one million people have already benefitted directly from Sanitation for Millions’ measures that include the construction of sanitary and wastewater treatment facilities, capacity development to ensure its adequate use, operation and maintenance, as well as behaviour change and awareness raising measures towards safe hygiene practices. Within CReW+, Sanitation for Millions contributes to the establishment of enabling political, financial and technical framework conditions for sustainable wastewater management. 

With the BMZ as the lead donor, Sanitation for Millions was co-financed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Water Unite, the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Inter-American Development Bank. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH executes the global programme in close cooperation with local partners in Jordan, Pakistan, Uganda, and with CReW+ in eleven countries of the Wider Caribbean Region.

Objectives and Approaches

Sanitation for Millions’ mission is to improve access to safe sanitation and hygiene, mainstream hygiene practices in everyday life and foster the treatment and reuse of sanitation wastewater. Our approach contains both the construction and rehabilitation of sanitary facilities and wastewater treatment plants, as well as capacity building and establishing an enabling institutional and financial environment for sustainable management and operation of the facilities. The programme fills gaps in the sanitation service chain and promotes Integrated Water and Wastewater Management. The development of financing mechanisms and business models at various levels complements the advisory services offered.

How Sanitation for Millions understands access to safe sanitation and hygiene

Sanitary facilities are accessible to all, of adequate quality, inspected for cleanliness, and appropriate for Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM). Toilets are female-friendly and inclusive, and sewage and excreta are safely managed. Handwashing facilities are functional at critical times and accessible to all. People are aware of and know about appropriate hygiene practices, including MHM and handwashing routines.

 

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WASH in Health Care Facilities

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WASH in Religious Institutions

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Inclusive WASH

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Menstrual Hygiene Management

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Operation and Maintenance

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Financing Mechanisms

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Wastewater and
Faecal Sludge Management

Team Headquarters, based in Germany

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Dr. Bärbel Schwaiger

Programme Director

Lacra Stroe Ziegler

Programme Manager CReW+

Patrick Mass

Advisor, Backstopping Uganda

Laura Kieweg

Advisor, Backstopping Jordan

Tizian Kümpel

Junior Advisor

Tom Stadelmann

Junior Advisor

Sandra Böhringer

Controlling

Carina Wissing

Controlling

Federica Addis

Controlling

Carola Israel

Office Management