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Children washing their hands at school.

Handwashing with soap: why should we care? 13 Oct 2017

Every year we celebrate Global Handwashing Day on 15 October with exciting, innovative activities across many countries. But why? And what role should handwashing play in the global development agenda? Om Prasad, Senior WASH Manager for Hygiene at WaterAid UK, explains.

Completion of marketing training with new marketing materials.

Marketing and pride to improve sanitation in Nigeria 7 Sep 2017

What is it that motivates people most to improve their toilets and hygiene behaviours? Nneka Akwunwa, Sanitation Marketing Manager at WaterAid Nigeria, tells us what she’s learned about using creative marketing. 

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Health worker Isattu Jalloh, checks the pregnancy of 28 year old Iye Tucker, at the health post in the village of Vaama, Sierra Leone, May 2013.
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Mohammed Ishmail, water point technician, Kalshi Takar Baa slum, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2011.

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Nazmul Hossain is the caretaker at the SIDKO Plant, he carries out regular maintenance to keep that plant in operation, Nazmul was appointed by the SIDKO plant management committee, Ward-8, Murarikhathi, Kalaroa, Shatkhira, Bangladesh, 2014.
35 year old Lawayesh Wonde carries vegetables to sell at the market. Ethiopia
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Villagers work on capping the water source, currently an unprotected spring, in Adi Sibhat.
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