The issue explained

Safe water, proper toilets and good hygiene are all needed for people to stay healthy. Where these basics are lacking, children in particular are vulnerable to diseases that lead to diarrhoea, dehydration and, tragically, sometimes even death. Diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation kills around 289,000 children under five every year. That’s one preventable child death every two minutes.

Something as simple as handwashing with soap can help stop this, but hygiene is often forgotten about when taps and toilets are installed. People don’t have the information or facilities they need to stay clean and healthy.

At WaterAid, we work with our local partners to teach people about the importance of handwashing and using the toilet, motivating them to change their behaviour and pass on what they have learned to others. We also install handwashing facilities alongside water points and latrines.

When people are healthy, they can get an education, go to work and live happier, more productive lives. They also need to spend less of what they earn on medicine and medical care.

By working together with governments, corporate partners and service providers across all areas of development, we can help improve the health of everyone everywhere by 2030.

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