State of water and Sanitation in South West Bangladesh

Wash Policy Brief

It is estimated that more than 70 million people in Bangladesh are affected by climate change, many of whom live in coastal  areas. According t o a survey in 2017, 31% of children under age 5 were stunted and 9% were severely stunted , which is partially caused by the lack of access to clean water and safe sanitation. Water  options are often had to access, requiring round trips of over 30 minutes . This exacerbates  risk for women and adolescent girls, who are typically    tasked with the transport, storage and use of water. Empowerment  of women with regard to water and sanitation is one catalyst to ensure sustained  access to safe drinking water. USAID's Nobo Jatra project, implemented  by World Vision Bangladesh.