Horizon Communications

Horizon proposes to stimulate international mobilization to secure WASH4All

Water access, sanitation and hygiene

Horizon proposes to stimulate international mobilization to secure “equitable access to clean water and effective sanitation, without which health and productive lives are impossible (Farmer).”

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Horizon Communications

New Haven, Connecticut, United States


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Project Summary

In 2019, WHO and UNICEF reported that 2 billion people lack safe drinking water 4.2 billion people lack safe sanitation, at least 2 billion people who use drinking water contaminated with faeces, ,and 3 billion people lack basic handwashing facilities at home.Horizon proposes to stimulate international mobilization to secure equitable access to clean water and safe sanitation and hygiene (WASH) by working with 1000s of cooperating organizations and individuals throughout the world to build on what has been achieved and what is underway to secure WASH4All. WASH4All will dramatically improve the health of billions of people and lift people out of poverty. An instant alert network with international pinpoint mapping using Esri ArcGIS Online maps will enable updates to help immediate responses not only to secure WASH4All, but also to alert to climate change events, droughts, polluted water, and endangered ecosystems and agriculture.

Problem Statement

Billions of children, woman and men, all over the planet are impacted by the lack of clean water, safe sanitation, lack of hygiene, and man-made and climate influenced ecosystem changes. Social, cultural, and economic impacts including poverty and malnutrition caused by scarcity. Heighten risks of suffering and deaths from diarrhea, cholera, malaria, schistosomiasis, Guinea worm disease, river blindness, and dengue, among others, result from or made worse by unsafe water and sanitation and lack of hygiene. Illnesses result from man-made and natural pollutants such as exposure to lead, mercury and e-coli. People need to be aware of these problems and believe that there is something that they can do to help and have the means to do so. For example, the billions who suffer from disease-causing worms that enter their bodies because they are exposed to feces in the soil when they defecate in the open need to know about these health dangers. Young and old, people from all over the world need to know that they can help by spreading awareness of problems and of solutions locally, nationally and internationally, what can be done to address help.

Solution Overview

Horizon proposes to stimulate international mobilization to secure WASH4All (Water and Sanitation and Hygiene for All) by mobilizing as universally as possible participation to help one another using the means at their disposal and new ones. This project aims to help meet human rights’ goals of universal access to clean water and safe sanitation and hygiene starting with regions with most vulnerable populations.Guidance to enable observation, recording, and sharing information about successful WASH initiatives and WASH problems… from drought and flooding to pollution and endangered ecosystems, will be given. This will include provision and training to use phones and other equipment to produce videos, photographs, podcasts, comics, games, music-videos, on the reviewed Horizon International Solutions Site and its partners’ websites, on social networks, etc. Mapping of locations with the help of Esri ArcGIS Online will enable immediate updates. Esri approved Horizon as a “member in the Esri Nonprofit Organization Program which will enable mapping with the Esri ArcGIS Online tools and training program for their use. With this tool, the Horizon project will on an ongoing basis for years to come map locations of successful WASH projects and problem alerts to the international audience. Monitoring by WHO/UNICEF and other UN programs will be able to benefit from the project’s findings as will cooperating entities, e.g. Water Supply Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), Global Water Partnership, and 1000s of others.As examples are put to use in other places, originators of initiatives and submitters will know that they have helped others.

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Project Funders

  • UNFPA 1996
  • Heilbrunn Family 1998 - 1999
  • MacArthur Foundation 1987

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