WaterAid Nigeria reached over 12,000 people with safe water and over 14,000 with sanitation in 2012 as part of the HSBC Water Programme, a five year partnership supporting WaterAid’s work in West Africa and South Asia. In Nigeria, 42% of people do not have access to safe water and only 31% have access to adequate sanitation. As a result, there are 85,000 diarrhoeal deaths every year. Lack of water, sanitation and hygiene costs Sub-Saharan African countries more in lost GDP than the entire continent gets in development aid. Country Representative of WaterAid Nigeria, Michael Ojo, said: HSBC's investment in WaterAid has given us a fantastic opportunity to help address the huge water and sanitation inequities in Nigeria. The project is focused in three of the poorest states in the country, Bauchi, Benue and Plateau. Over the next four years, projects supported by HSBC will continue to develop affordable and locally-managed solutions, by setting up water and sanitation committees at community level and through capacity building of partners and local government. The HSBC Water Programme in Nigeria aims to reach over 170,000 people with safe water and over 300,000 with sanitation by 2017. The project will also bring about open defecation-free (ODF) status in numerous communities. CLTS is an innovative methodology for mobilizing communities to completely eliminate open defecation. Over 30,000 people are already living in ODF environments as a result of the programme’s interventions to date. WaterAid Nigeria was set up in 1995, assisting with addressing the huge need for water and sanitation. The organisation works in seven local areas, in partnership with established non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and state and local governments, according to each area's needs.