Access to clean water and improved sanitation facilities is a daily challenge for many Nigerians. This problem is particularly acute in northern Nigeria, where only 30 percent of the population has access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. This contributes to high prevalence of waterborne diseases, threatens the livelihoods of smallholder farmers, and contributes to low levels of school enrollment, especially among girls. Through partnerships with local governments and the private sector, USAID is increasing access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education among some of the most at-risk communities in the north.
Last updated: May 10, 2013