About Us

Achieving universal access to sanitation, hygiene and menstrual health is achievable but the world is simply not taking enough action. At the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund (SHF) we are aiming to be transformative in our approach.

We are a dedicated UN fund that takes the best ideas from development financing and applies them to countries with the highest need, yet least ability to respond, to catalyze national sanitation economies. 

SHF drives change by working with those needing investment, and with those having funds to invest. We focus on country priorities to tackle complex issues that are limiting the sanitation economy.  Together with governments and their partners we are passionate about leaving no-one behind. 

Read 'Investing in Sanitation, Hygiene and Menstrual Health : The SHF Strategy 2022-2025'. 

Meet our Board and Leadership.

SHF Strategic Framework Updated Nov 22


Lack of sanitation, hygiene and menstrual health poses risks to individuals and hampers development.
Our vision is that of the Sustainable Development Goal 6 target 2, to achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and to end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations.

3.4 billion people (43%)

of the world's population still lack access to safely managed sanitation services

419 million people


of the world’s population still practice open defecation 


2 billion people


of the world's population do not have basic handwashing facilities at home

Approx. 1 in 3 schools

globally lack access to basic sanitation services

1 in 2
health care facilities

globally do not have basic hand hygiene facilities  


of women and girls menstruate, TENS OF MILLIONS without the facilities to manage their menstrual health safely


We are pleased to share individual interviews between the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund launch moderator, Ms Zeinab Badawi.


Ms Amina Mohammed
United Nations Deputy Secretary-General

Mr Yemi Osinbajo
Vice President of Nigeria

Ms Henrietta Fore
Executive Director of UNICEF

Mr Dominic O’Neill
Executive Director of the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund

Mr Gilbert Houngbo
Chair of UN-Water and President of IFAD

Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab
Deputy Director-General of the World Health Organization

Ms Abenmire Adi from Nigeria & Ms Petronila Musonye from Kenya
Community Activists



The SHF is a part of UNOPS.