Grohe parent company Lixil and children's organisation Unicef have announced the expansion of their ‘Make a Splash!’ partnership. The expansion will reach children and families living in India, Indonesia, and Nigeria – three of the most populous countries – with access to safe, clean toilets and hygiene solutions.
Launched in 2018, the ‘Make a Splash!’ partnership combines the two organisations’ complementary strengths to support progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 6, achieving access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation by 2030. The scale-up of the partnership builds on its success of improving sanitation and hygiene over the past three years, reaching 2.9 million people in communities in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania.
The ‘Make a Splash!’ partnership aims to build viable sanitation and hygiene markets serving millions of people – by expanding the availability, affordability and quality of goods and services. In addition to the three new focus countries, the scope of activities of the partnership will also expand, focussing on:
- Reaching people with better sanitation and hygiene options
- Leveraging financing for sanitation and hygiene actors to support developing markets, including local suppliers and consumers
- Supporting policies and regulationthrough monitoring and evaluation of national targets and strategies
“Far too many children and their families lack access to safe sanitation and hygiene. To close this gap and protect the health of children all over the world, we have to move faster,” said Carla Haddad Mardini, director, private fundraising and partnerships, Unicef. “We need bold and innovative partnerships like ‘Make a Splash!’ to accelerate this progress, using our shared vision and respective strengths to achieve sustainable solutions. I’m proud that we are building on our success and expanding this partnership to reach more people.”