WaterAid launched phase II of the HSBC Water Programme, after completing the first phase of five years in December 2016. Touching millions of lives and helping communities get back on their feet with access to basic water and sanitation services, the programme’s phase II comes with a renewed promise and commitment of supporting vulnerable families in hard to reach areas - targeting over 170,000 people over the next two years, ending 2019. The project in its new phase aims to intervene in areas struggling with the impacts of climate change, including acute water scarcity. It looks to improve water and sanitation services along with hygiene behavior in five sub-districts of the country - Gangni, Tahirpur, Shyamnagar, Dacope and Paikgacha, along with providing a strong focus on capacity and system strengthening across local authorities, schools, healthcare facilities and community management. Dr Md Khairul Islam, Country Director of WaterAid Bangladesh said, “Climate change poses many challenges towards accessing water, sanitation and hygiene services in the coastal belt of our country. The water and sanitation infrastructure in the marginal and hard-to-reach areas are fragile and there is a huge gap between need and actual availability of these services. This programme aims to create opportunities to deal with the challenges as well as to bring about positive and sustainable impact in the lives of many across the most vulnerable areas of Bangladesh.” WaterAid Bangladesh is looking forward to the next chapter of this important collaboration, and along with the other HWP Country Programmes - India, Nepal, Pakistan, Ghana and Nigeria - making this partnership count towards everyone, everywhere by 2030. Md Mahbub Ur Rahman, Deputy CEO and Country Head of Commercial Banking of HSBC Bangladesh was present at the event as the special guest, Dr Imrul Kayes Muniruzzaman, Director of Fundraising and Learning of WaterAid Bangladesh delivered the welcome speech, along with Dr Md Khairul Islam, Country Director of WaterAid Bangladesh delivering the concluding remarks.