Only 48 percent of South Sudanese have access to potable water and only 14.6 percent of the population benefits from proper sanitation. Lack of clean water and sanitation, as well as poor hygiene practices, increase the risk of diarrheal diseases that lead to illness and death, particularly among young children.
USAID works with the government to construct urban water and sanitation infrastructure and to provide clean piped water to urban populations. USAID launched the marketing of water purification tablets in 16 urban and semi-urban towns and is working through partners to improve water supply and sanitation facilities through water-well drilling, hand pump repair, latrine construction and hygiene promotion. USAID resources also build the capacity of public utility staff and local government authorities by developing governance structures and community management, and promoting good hygiene practices.
Last updated: May 10, 2013