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WaterAid has teams in 37 countries across the world, working with our partners to transform millions of lives every year by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

East Africa

Percentage of population with access to sanitation (WHO/UNICEF 2012)
Percentage of population with access to safe water (WHO/UNICEF 2012)
Woman with yellow water jug strapped to her back.Ethiopia map with capital marked

Ethiopia

Sanitation
Water

Ethiopia is in the Horn of Africa, where an extended period of droughts, famines and conflicts has had a serious impact on health and life expectancy. Many children die before the age of five.

    Woman with jerrican on back rolling water barrel with foot.Kenya map with capital marked

    Kenya

    Sanitation
    Water

    Kenya has a thriving tourist industry and exports tea, coffee and flowers around the world. But almost half the population live below the poverty line and millions lack safe water and basic toilets.

      Woman and small child on wooden bridge over a stream.Rwanda map with capital marked

      Rwanda

      Sanitation
      Water

      Since the genocide in 1994, Rwanda's economy has grown dramatically, showing inspiring signs of development. However, nearly two in three people live in poverty and millions still lack safe water and basic toilets.

        A person drinks water, the container covers their faceTanzania map with capital marked

        Tanzania

        Sanitation
        Water

        Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa, home to over 45 million people. Due to the hot, dry climate, safe water is scarce and growing enough food is often difficult for the mostly rural population.

          Justinea Nasanga and her family at a pre-intervention WaterAid site at Makere 3 slum, Kampala, Uganda.Uganda map with capital marked

          Uganda

          Sanitation
          Water

          Uganda has been independent since 1962 but the government structure is still changing and many people have no access to basic water and sanitation facilities. Around a quarter cannot access clean water.


            Southern Africa

            Percentage of population with access to sanitation (WHO/UNICEF 2012)
            Percentage of population with access to safe water (WHO/UNICEF 2012)
            Woman with hat carrying box on head, in front of lake.Lesotho map with capital marked

            Lesotho

            Sanitation
            Water

            Lesotho is a small country: an enclave within South Africa. Two in five people live below the poverty line, and despite the country's valuable natural resources it remains very poor.

              Women carrying water from the river in bowls on their heads.Madagascar map with capital marked

              Madagascar

              Sanitation
              Water

              Madagascar is famous for its unique wildlife and landscape yet across the island half the population live without access to safe water and 85% have nowhere decent to go to the toilet.

                Woman walking on dirt path through field of crops, carrying yellow jerrican.Malawi map with capital marked

                Malawi

                Sanitation
                Water

                Malawi is known as the warm heart of Africa. Despite signs of economic development, many challenges remain – in rural areas only 20% of people have access to a toilet.

                  Children being splashed with water from newly drilled well.Mozambique map with capital marked

                  Mozambique

                  Sanitation
                  Water

                  Mozambique is a former Portuguese colony in East Africa, home to over 24 million people. War, floods, droughts and earthquakes have all challenged development here.

                    South Africa map with capital markedSouth Africa map with capital marked

                    South Africa

                    The South Africa team helps to coordinate our operations across Southern Africa from our regional office in Pretoria.

                      Two girls fill their watering cans from a pond beside the roadside.Swaziland map with capital marked

                      Swaziland

                      Sanitation
                      Water

                      Swaziland is a small country surrounded on three sides by South Africa and bordering Mozambique to the east. HIV/AIDS is widespread amongst the population, making the need for safe water, hygiene and basic toilets even greater.

                        A woman helps to lift a jerrican onto another woman's head.Zambia map with capital marked

                        Zambia

                        Sanitation
                        Water

                        Zambia is one of the world's fastest growing economies, thanks to its rich resources and thriving agriculture sector. However, over half the population lives in poverty and millions lack clean water and basic toilets.

                          West Africa

                          Percentage of population with access to sanitation (WHO/UNICEF 2012)
                          Percentage of population with access to safe water (WHO/UNICEF 2012)
                          A group of women fill their jerrycans from a handpump.Burkina Faso with capital marked

                          Burkina Faso

                          Sanitation
                          Water

                          Droughts have made water scarce and caused many people to move to unplanned urban slums where services are poor.

                            Ghana map with capital marked

                            Ghana

                            Sanitation
                            Water

                            Ghana is rich in natural resources but many of its people are unemployed or live in poverty. Access to basic services is often inadequate, affecting people's health and preventing them from escaping poverty.

                              Women carrying water from the river in bowls on their heads.Liberia map with capital marked

                              Liberia

                              Sanitation
                              Water

                              Although Liberia emerged from a long and violent civil war in 2003, the country is still being rebuilt and many live in poverty. However, there is strong political will to bring safe water and basic toilets to the millions living without.

                                Women balancing containers on their heads as they walk.Mali map with capital marked

                                Mali

                                Sanitation
                                Water

                                Mali is a large, landlocked country in Western Africa, two thirds of which is desert. Despite exporting cotton and other resources across Africa and beyond, the country is one of the world's poorest.

                                  Women and small children standing on dusty plain.Niger map with capital marked

                                  Niger

                                  Sanitation
                                  Water

                                  Niger is the largest country in West Africa but also one of the least developed. Much of it is desert and droughts are common, making accessing water difficult.

                                    Walking for water, NigeriaNigeria map with capital marked

                                    Nigeria

                                    Sanitation
                                    Water

                                    Nigeria is the most densely inhabited country in Africa with a population of 158 million people and growing rapidly. Water and sanitation services are not keeping up with the demand, with devastating results.

                                      Senegal map with capital markedSenegal map with capital marked

                                      Senegal

                                      The Senegal team helps to coordinate our operations across West Africa from our new regional office in Dakar, Senegal.

                                        Two people hold a canoe steady in shallow water by dock.Sierra Leone map with capital marked

                                        Sierra Leone

                                        Sanitation
                                        Water

                                        Sierra Leone emerged from a decade-long civil war in 2002 but the country still faces many challenges. Two thirds of the population live in poverty, and millions of people lack access to safe water and proper toilets.

                                          The Americas

                                          Percentage of population with access to sanitation (WHO/UNICEF 2012)
                                          Percentage of population with access to safe water (WHO/UNICEF 2012)
                                          Girl in rural area standing in front of wooden home with clothes hanging to dry.Nicaragua map with capital marked

                                          Nicaragua

                                          Sanitation
                                          Water

                                          Known as the ‘Land of lakes and volcanoes’, Nicaragua has abundant sources of freshwater, but little of it is safe to drink or readily accessible.

                                            USAUSA

                                            United States

                                            The America team helps to coordinate and fund operations across our country teams, with Nicaragua a particular focus.

                                              Map of Canada with Ottawa labelledMap of Canada with Ottawa labelled

                                              Canada

                                              The Canadian team helps to coordinate and fund operations across our country teams.

                                                Asia and Pacific

                                                Percentage of population with access to sanitation (WHO/UNICEF 2012)
                                                Percentage of population with access to safe water (WHO/UNICEF 2012)
                                                AustraliaAustralia

                                                Australia

                                                The Australia team helps to coordinate and fund operations across our country teams.

                                                  Mithun Mondal walks home with a jug of water through a landscape made barren by salination after cyclone Aila struck in 2009, Koyra Number 4, Ward 7, Koyra, Bangladesh.Bangladesh map with capital marked

                                                  Bangladesh

                                                  Sanitation
                                                  Water

                                                  Bangladesh is one of the world’s most densely populated countries. 150 million people are crowded onto low-lying land where annual monsoon floods contaminate water sources and leave millions of people with appalling sanitary conditions.

                                                    A boy rowing.Cambodia map

                                                    Cambodia

                                                    Sanitation
                                                    Water

                                                    Despite a growing tourism industry, Cambodia remains one of the poorest nations in Southeast Asia. More than half the population lacks adequate sanitation.

                                                      A smiling woman.India map with capital marked

                                                      India

                                                      Sanitation
                                                      Water

                                                      With a population of over a billion people, India is home to 17% of the world’s population. The divide between rich and poor is huge and over a quarter of people live in poverty.

                                                        JapanJapan

                                                        Japan

                                                        Our Japan office is currently setting up its presence. Please get in touch with our Country Representative to find out more.

                                                          Laos map

                                                          Laos

                                                          Sanitation
                                                          Water

                                                          In mountainous Laos, over a third of the population don’t have anywhere to go to the toilet. WaterAid is currently planning how best to support Laos to increase access to water, sanitation and hygiene.

                                                            Myanmar map

                                                            Myanmar

                                                            Sanitation
                                                            Water

                                                            Lack of access to safe water and sanitation causes around 18% of child deaths in Myanmar. WaterAid plans to commence work in Myanmar this year.

                                                              Children washing and drinking from water tap.Nepal map with capital marked

                                                              Nepal

                                                              Sanitation
                                                              Water

                                                              Nepal is a landlocked country with a beautiful but challenging landscape. Many people must make long, dangerous journeys to reach water sources, and just 37% of the population has somewhere safe to go to the toilet.

                                                                Girl washing clothes in muddy water in swampy area.Pakistan map with capital marked

                                                                Pakistan

                                                                Sanitation
                                                                Water

                                                                Pakistan is one of the most populous countries in the world but millions of its people lack safe water or a basic toilet. Extreme flooding and an unstable political landscape are just some of the challenges faced.

                                                                   Child wearing festive clothes and feathered headress, with face painted red and white.Papua New Guinea map with capital marked

                                                                  Papua New Guinea

                                                                  Sanitation
                                                                  Water

                                                                  Papua New Guinea in the Pacific region is one of the most culturally diverse countries on the planet, but it is also one of the poorest. More than half the population lacks access to a safe water source or basic toilet.

                                                                    Solomon Islands hutSolomon Islands Map

                                                                    Solomon Islands

                                                                    Sanitation
                                                                    Water

                                                                    The Solomon Islands is ranked ‘low’ in the human development index and below the East Asia, the Pacific and World rank averages.

                                                                      A person's hand carrying a jerrycan.Timor-Leste map map with capital marked

                                                                      Timor-Leste

                                                                      Sanitation
                                                                      Water

                                                                      Timor-Leste gained independence in 2002 following a 25 year war with neighbouring Indonesia. While there has been development and growth since, three in ten people still lack safe water and over twice as many have nowhere to go to the toilet.

                                                                        Europe

                                                                        SwedenSweden

                                                                        Sweden

                                                                        The Sweden team helps to coordinate and fund operations across our country teams.

                                                                          UKUK

                                                                          United Kingdom

                                                                          The UK team helps to coordinate and fund operations across our country teams.

                                                                            All statistics quoted from the WHO / UNICEF (2014) Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report 2014 (http://www.wssinfo.org/. Report published every two years)

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