26.7 million people in Tanzania do not have clean water.

40.9 million people in Tanzania do not have a decent toilet.

Over 3,000 children under five die a year due to diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and 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

26.7 million people in Tanzania do not have access to clean 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 40.9 million people living without decent toilets. This is particularly problematic to health in densely populated, unplanned settlements.

Over 3,000 children under five die each year from preventable diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. There are wider impacts too, particularly on education and livelihoods.

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 clean 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.