New project set to change the face of public toilets in Dhaka


21 May 2014 | AU

21 May sees the official launch of Project Sunrise, WaterAid's three year partnership with the H&M Conscious Foundation.

The partnership will bring public sanitation facilities to approximately four million people in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dhaka has the highest population growth in the world, and while it is estimated that around 5.5 million people need to use public toilets every day, currently there are only 47 such services across the city.

Millions of people here live without improved sanitation and this is impacting on their health, their dignity and, in the case of women, their safety too.

The launch is being held at the first public toilet completed through the project. This, and the many others being constructed, will be used to highlight the importance of these services and to call for greater investment in sanitation across the country.

Khairul Islam, Country Representative, WaterAid Bangladesh says: "We are developing a sustainable operation and management model which will have a lasting impact on the lives of people here, which we hope will lead to replication in other major Bangladeshi cities such as Chittagong."

This work is vital in a country where 67 million people live without sanitation and over 25 million don’t have safe water. Over 7,000 children under five years old die annually from poor water and sanitation in Bangladesh.

Project Sunrise is the latest work supported by H&M and their Conscious Foundation in a long term partnership spanning more than ten years.

Read more about our partnership with the Conscious Foundation >