SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation

SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation

A young girl holds a bucket of clean water in the region of Bamyan, Afghanistan (photo: Kate HoltMedair)

According to the World Health Organisation/ UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme Report 2019, 785 million people don’t have clean water close to home and as many as 2 billion people don’t have a toilet of their own. This is one of the many reasons why access to clean water and adequate sanitation is the next sustainable development goal (SDG), set out by the UN General Assembly for 2030.

Without access to clean water and sanitation, the chances of developing disease and infection increase dramatically. Water shortages can quickly become life-threatening situations for many people around the world. Lack of water isn’t often associated with Afghanistan, however, 92% of the population has no proper sanitation and four out of five people have no access to safe drinking water.

While working for MedAir Afghanistan our challenge was to show how dramatically people were being affected by the lack of access to clean water and sanitation. By focussing on how water is used in so many areas of everyday life, from livestock to medical centres; cooking to hygiene, our photojournalists were able to paint a vivid picture of how much help and support the people of Afghanistan required.


SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation
A woman cooks in her home in the region of Bamyan, Afghanistan (photo: Kate HoltMedair)

This project was produced into a multimedia slideshow for MedAir that was translated into four languages using subtitles as well as being used in their marketing and communications. The photographs were also compiled into a slideshow for the Guardian’s Global Development site.

In the run up to the first UN summit on the SDGs on 24th and 25th September, we have been publishing a daily blog on how we help organisations to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. Check out our blogs here.