Over 650 million people live without safe water.

2.4 billion people don't have access to adequate sanitation, one in three of the world's population.

Around 315,000 children under-five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That's almost 900 children per day.

In 2012, WaterAid established a regional office in Pretoria, South Africa. This office is a base for building strong partnerships with the South African Government and other influential stakeholders.

Our team supports governments in the Southern Africa region to bring water, sanitation and hygiene services to everyone.

The four programmes in our Southern Africa region are Madagascar, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique. We are also establishing new programmes of work in Swaziland, Lesotho and Angola. In Lesotho, we have already started to deliver some services through our partner the Nazarene Compassionate Ministry.

Most of the regional team are based in Rietfontein, Pretoria. The office is hosted by the Water Research Commission which focuses on researching low cost technologies for water, sanitation and hygiene in South Africa.