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WASH is a key programme area at UNICEF and an important part of the work we do for child survival and development. This course describes what the UNICEF WASH programme does and why it’s important.

Learning objectives

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the UNICEF WASH programme.
  • Explain what WASH does.
  • Explain the importance and impact of WASH.


This course is suitable to new staff of any level of seniority, of technical or non-technical background, who want to learn the basics about the subject.

It is also open to anyone interested in learning about UNICEF's WASH programme. 


It should take you about 30 minutes to complete this self-paced course. 


This course is composed of a single short self-paced animated module, including various examples and activities. 


This course is composed of five sections:

  1. Introduction
  2. What does WASH stand for?
  3. What does WASH do?
  4. What is WASH's impact? 
  5. Wrapping up (incl. a short assessment)

Contact details

Anu Paudyal Gautam, Knowledge Management Specialist - WASH, UNICEF NYHQ