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Healthy Start logoHealthy Start is WaterAid’s four-year campaign focused on improving the health and nutrition of newborn babies and children.

Healthy Start is our four-year campaign focused on improving the health and nutrition of newborn babies and children. We will do this by advocating for access to water, sanitation, and hygiene promotion to be integrated into health policy and delivery locally, nationally and internationally.


The links between dirty hands, dirty water and infant mortality have been known about for over 150 years, so this is not a situation waiting for an answer, but an injustice waiting for action.The time for change is now. Over the next four years we will be working with key partners and forging alliances to effect change nationally and internationally.

WaterAid is calling for:

  1. National governments to make water, sanitation and hygiene services part of all plans to reduce infant mortality and improve nutrition.
  2. Every healthcare facility to have clean running water, safe, separate and accessible toilets for men and women, and functional sinks with soap in all treatment and birthing rooms.
  3. Healthcare workers to commit to practising and promoting good hygiene.
  4. Monitoring and assessment of progress towards universal health coverage to include data on the availability of water, sanitation and hygiene services in healthcare facilities and households.
  5. The Sustainable Development Goals to include a dedicated goal for water and sanitation with ambitious targets for universal WASH access by 2030.

Learn more about our campaign >