The moment Antohobe, Madagascar got clean, safe water. 

663 million people live without clean water.

2.4 billion people don't have access to adequate sanitation, one in three of the world's population.

289,000 children under 5 die each year due to diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That’s 800 a day, or 1 child every 2 minutes.

The crisis in Africa

WaterAid has teams in 20 countries in Africa, working with our local partners to transform lives every year by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

Millions of people across the continent do not have access to safe water and many live without adequate sanitation. Thousands of children die every year from preventable diarrhoeal diseases.

Here are some facts behind the crisis:

  • 42 million people in Ethiopia don't have access to clean water.
  • In remote rural communities in Madagascar the average walk for water takes three hours.
  • In rural Malawi only 20% of the population have access to a clean toilet.

Every minute, every day, people suffer and lives are lost needlessly because of a lack of safe water and sanitation.

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