DISCUSSION PAPER: "Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in the Pacific: The need to meet SDG 6"
DISCUSSION PAPER: "Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in the Pacific: The need to meet SDG 6"

GCI Discussion Paper Series

The provision of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) has been challenged by funding, expertise, policy, planning and communication. Yet, as a signatory to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), PICTs have committed to address WASH-related targets under SDG 6, namely:

  • SDG TARGET 6.1 Universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030
  • SDG TARGET 6.2 By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls, and those in vulnerable situations

This discussion paper explores the current status of WASH in the PICTs and the key influences of this status. Five PICTs that exhibit differing characteristics have been used as case studies throughout the paper. The intention is to contribute data and information to policy makers and program implementers from government and Non-Government Organisations, and WASH-related organisations, to build upon current resources to support a healthier society.

Prepared by the UQ Global Change Institute and the UQ School of Public Health for the Pacific Health Governance Research Network.

Contributing authors

  • Amy Anderson
  • Nina Hall
  • Chris Henry
  • Amy Savage
  • Simon Reid

February 2019

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