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Sanitation, hygiene and menstrual health is an investment opportunity.

Today, almost half of the world’s population lacks access to safely managed sanitation; almost one in three people globally has no access to basic handwashing facilities; and one in four women worldwide struggles to manage their menstruation safely. 

This is a missed opportunity for growth, for sustainable development, for gender equality and climate resilience. It is also a missed opportunity for investment.

At the UN’s Sanitation and Hygiene Fund (SHF), we are aiming to be transformative in our efforts. Through innovative financing and market-based approaches, we are working with countries and partners to catalyze national sanitation economies and the menstrual health and hygiene (MHH) market and create lasting, sustainable impact. Together, we are working to ensure the health and well-being of people, particularly women and girls, economies and the planet.


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SHF is funded by the generous contributions of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Switzerland. It is a part of UNOPS.