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When collecting water women from the local community must walk across an area of barren ground that has been contaminated with saline after Cyclone Aila struck in 2009 in Bangladesh.Climate change: a threat and an opportunity for water and sanitation
10 November 2016 

Climate change and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are inseparable, but the persistent separation of climate policy making and WASH service delivery risks restricting progress for both. Louise Whiting, Senior Policy Analyst for Water Security and Climate Change, discusses what needs to change to achieve the delivery of climate-resilient WASH service to all.

"We don’t have water in school so I only drink water before and after school.” Bienvenu, 5, from Miarinarivo village, Madagascar.

Back to school WASH: where's the missing link?
6 September 2016 | Om Prasad Gautam and Ada Oko-Williams 

September is synonymous with a return to the classroom. As children across the world go back to school, Om Prasad Gautam, Technical Support Manager for Hygiene at WaterAid UK, and Ada Oko-Williams, Technical Support Manager for Sanitation at WaterAid UK, discuss what has been lacking in our approach to ensuring access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in schools, and how we can make a bigger impact.

Marie Kabore in Yamtenga district, a peri-urban area of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

What has water got to do with jobs?
16 Mar 2016 | Dan Jones

'Better water, better jobs' is the UN theme for today’s World Water Day. So what has water got to do with jobs? More than you might think, says Dan Jones, WaterAid UK’s Advocacy Coordinator.

A borehole that lasts for a lifetime

A borehole that lasts for a lifetime
4 Jun 2014 | Vincent Casey

Groundwater is a valuable resource for communities, but accessing and maximising its potential can be difficult. Vincent Casey, WaterAid’s Technical Support Manager for Water Security, introduces a series of videos demonstrating good practice in borehole drilling.

Asst Medical Officer in Charge, Dr Beatrice Temba, checks on a young child during her shift at the Mlali Health Centre.

A matter of birth and death: Unsafe conditions still killing new mothers and newborns
12 Dec 2014

A new WaterAid-authored article in PLOS Medicine, with leading health organisations including UNICEF, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the World Health Organization, reports that a lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene in places where women give birth is having deadly consequence on new mums and their babies.

Gabriel de Silva on the half kilometer hike that he has to make twice daily to procure the water that he and his wife Adalina require for cooking, drinking and washing, Camalelara, East Timor.

Water and sanitation report card: slow progress, inadequate funding
24 Nov 2014 | Tim Brewer

WaterAid Policy Analyst Tim Brewer looks at the sobering picture of water and sanitation services provided by the World Health Organization’s report the Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking Water (GLAAS), produced by UN Water.

Barbara Frost

Staying focused on the world’s most valuable resource
6 Nov 2014 | Barbara Frost

The world is facing a water and sanitation crisis, with 2.5bn people on our planet lacking access to a basic toilet. The global health and economic costs are huge. However, the crisis can be addressed, and there is an important and growing role for private enterprise, argues Barbara Frost, WaterAid Chief Executive.