Ensuring access to care, prevention, and clean water for a dignified and safe life
Salute e Acqua
Harmful living or working conditions, lack of facilities and socio-economic barriers play a key role when it comes to the right to health.
When left unaddressed, consequences can lead to lack of access to healthcare services and clean water, which are fundamental human rights.
Healthy living and well-being are fundamental to creating just and prosperous societies. Yet in many countries, the infrastructure, medicines, and health personnel are totally inadequate.
Among them, water is also an endangered commodity. It is estimated that half of the world's population lives in water scarcity at least one month a year and that 2.2 billion people worldwide do not have access to safely managed drinking water.
Water is essential not only for health, but also for reducing poverty, ensuring healthy food, basic rights, and the proper functioning of the entire ecosystem.
The 2030 Agenda overcomes the dichotomy between access and quality of services such as health and water because both dimensions are indispensable and qualify individual and community rights.
The 2030 Agenda addresses these issues through Goal 3 and Goal 6.
WHAT WE DO
We provide healthcare services, medical care, nutritional assistance and clean water to improve the health of the most economically vulnerable and leas protected communities.
We supply clean waterand improve access to areas facing shortages; we establish systems that are truly inclusive and open to the needs of the most vulnerable, and strengthen healthcare coverage as well as preventative and therapeutic services.
We implement nutrition programmes for infants, children, and mothers.
We fight the spread of Covid-19 by distributing hygiene kits and disseminating information, awareness, disease prevention and treatment campaigns.
We build water and healthcare infrastructure and strengthen the participation of local communities in its sustainable management.
We use an integrated approach that allows us to carry out targeted and immediate interventions and, at the same time, strengthen local policies.
In this way, we improve living and health conditions both in the short and long term: in the short term, we help people overcome the extreme hardship, and in the long term we lay the foundations for continued sustainable development for a longer and healthier life expectancy.
We enhance the role and capacities of local communities in strengthening access to essential goods and services.
Where extreme poverty puts life at risk from birth, health support is crucial for mothers, newborns and infants. Nutrition, medical treatment and prevention are at the heart of every intervention to safeguard everyone's life.
Even a simple gesture like washing your hands becomes complicated in the absence of water and adequate infrastructures. In refugee camps, hygiene, indispensable to combat the spread of viruses and diseases, is promoted through awareness and information campaigns.
Democratic Republic of Congo
In remote areas of Congo, clean water is a rare and precious commodity. And when you are forced to use unhealthy water to wash dishes and clothes, the risk of contracting viral diseases is enormous. Near water basins like this one, malaria is also a real risk.