people in Tanzania don't have access to safe water.

44 million people don't have access to adequate sanitation in Tanzania.

Over 4,000 children die every year from diarrhoea due to unsafe water and poor sanitation in Tanzania.

Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa, home to over 52 million people. Due to the hot, dry climate, safe water is scarce and growing enough food is often difficult for the mostly rural population.

The crisis

23 million people in Tanzania do not have access to safe water. Typically, women and children spend over two hours a day collecting water, and up to seven hours in remote areas.

Access to toilets is even lower – with 44 million people living without adequate sanitation. This is particularly problematic to health in densely populated, unplanned settlements.

These issues have a big impact on health, with 4,000 children under five dying each year from preventable diarrhoeal diseases. There are wider impacts too – on education, livelihoods and wellbeing.

Our approach

We have been working in Tanzania for three decades, providing communities with life-changing safe water and toilets. During this time, we have engaged with decision-makers to influence policy and encourage investment.

As in all the countries where we work, we use simple, low-cost technologies that will be more sustainable long-term. These include a new type of pump designed to tackle the problem of emptying latrines in slums.

We have also used innovative mapping technology to record the location and condition of water points across the country. This will provide valuable data for use in both our service delivery and advocacy work.

In Tanzania last year we reached:

  • 28,000 people with safe water
  • 247,000 people with improved sanitation.

Watch this short film to find out more:

A child carrying a container on their head looks at the camera.