Through our work in communities around the world, we are aiming to prevent avoidable childhood illnesses and infectious diseases through access to clean water and safe toilets. Of the world’s seven billion people, 2.4 billion people don’t have access to basic sanitation and over one billion people still defecate in the open.
Girls are more likely to finish their education if they have access to school toilets and menstruation facilities. Only 12 per cent of girls and women have access to sanitary products around the world. The rest rely on old, dirty rags, newspaper, leaves, dirt, and other unhygienic materials that often lead to infection.
Young people who have no access to appropriate and confidential advice and services are at risk of unwanted teenage pregnancies, unsafe abortions and sexually transmitted infections including HIV. At Plan International UK we support quality sexual and reproductive health education and services around the world.
Our projects help give children a healthy start in life
Providing access to clean water, safe toilets and handwashing with soap
Meet the girls challenging the myths about menstrual health.
Preventing unwanted teenage pregnancies and HIV
Our work to improve health and water
Our latest work
Improving our behaviour change approach in Bangladesh
Balancing her education and providing for her family
On World Toilet Day take part in our toilet quiz! Guess where in the world the toilets are
Our chair, Amanda, meets a sponsored child in Bangladesh