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

88% of people in Madagascar don't have access to improved sanitation

Almost 4,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.

Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world with a population growing faster than its economy. Over 11 million people do not have access to safe water.
There is enormous disparity between urban and rural communities in Madagascar. 66% of people in urban areas have access to safe water, yet fewer than 15% of people in rural areas do, making overcoming poverty virtually impossible for them. 

Women and children often spend up to three hours a day collecting dirty water from unsafe sources which may make them seriously ill. Basic access to safe water could provide more free time, improve health and raise the standard of living.

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How it affects people

A man and his wife sitting outside their house

Everest Ngirukwayo, Rwanda

Everest Ngirukwayo, 48, sitting outside his house with his son Innocent Twagira, 15, who is recovering from nearly drowning in the lake while collecting water. Nyiramahirwe village, Bugesera, Rwanda.

“My son fell in the lake collecting water. Another child passed him a jerry can but it floated away. He went after it but my son cannot swim so he got taken by the lake. All we require is access to water near to our house.”

A woman holding her child

Milimo Mwiinga, Zambia

Milimo Mwiinga, 25, who is pregnant, with her son Gifty, who nearly died of diarrohea. Kayola village, Namavwa ward, Zambia.

“I am very afraid when I have the new baby that the same thing will happen as it happened to Gifty. I think and worry but there is nothing I can do.”

A woman holding her child

Shilpi Mondal, Bangladesh

Shilpi Mondal with her daughter in their home. Moshashoripur village, Koyra, Bangladesh.

“We collect water from 20-30km away, usually about once every ten days. We share a boat with our neighbours as we can’t afford our own. This water gives us diarrhoea – we know it does – but what else can we do – we have no choice. When I give the water to my daughter I know it will make her ill. It makes me very sad.”