PLOS Medicine reaffirms its commitment to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene—the foundations of health

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To coincide with World Water Day on 22nd March, the PLOS Medicine Editors reaffirm their commitment to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), the foundations of health, and highlight key WASH papers that have been published in PLOS Medicine over the past few years.

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Writing in an Editorial in this week’s issue, that Editors stress that although the diverse role of water in energy production, as highlighted by this year’s World Water Day 2014 is important, the core function of clean water in improving health remains fundamental. And not just water alone, but also the three key components of the WASH agenda that have been the focus of a global campaign for over a decade—water, sanitation, and hygiene.

The Editors say: “The importance of water, sanitation, and hygiene has not changed over the millennia—all have, are, and always will be the foundations of human health.”

PLOS Medicine has long been committed to highlighting the key role of WASH in improving health and the Editors say:  “Our commitment to WASH remains central to PLOS Medicine, especially in light of the next chapter of international development efforts as the world transitions from the [Millennium Development Goals] into the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, in which WASH should play a pivotal role.”

PLOS Medicine continues to welcome all appropriate WASH submissions, particularly randomized controlled trials of WASH interventions and evaluations of implementation strategies, which help to determine how best to meet the goal of access to clean water, improved sanitation, and suitable hygiene for all.


The authors are each paid a salary by the Public Library of Science, and they wrote this editorial during their salaried time.

Competing Interests:

The authors’ individual competing interests are at PLOS is funded partly through manuscript publication charges, but the PLOS Medicine Editors are paid a fixed salary (their salaries are not linked to the number of papers published in the journal).


The PLOS Medicine Editors (2014) PLOS Medicine and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene: A Committed Relationship. PLoS Med 11(3): e1001614. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001614,



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