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Over 122 million people don't have access to adequate sanitation in Nigeria, over two thirds of the population.

people in Nigeria don't have access to safe water.

Over 97,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation in Nigeria.

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.

The crisis

Poverty is widespread in Nigeria, and despite a natural wealth of gold, oil and diamonds, these resources are not being transformed into employment or improvements in living standards for millions of people.

In urban areas, many people occupy land that is unsafe to live on, often facing the constant threat of eviction. These areas commonly lack safe water and proper toilets – any facilities that are available are communal, unlit and dirty.

Away from the towns and cities, living standards are often equally as bad. Communities are cut off from the benefits of development like roads, water supplies and toilets. Many people spend hours every day collecting water, with huge costs to their health and livelihoods.

In total, 60.7 million people in Nigeria don't have access to safe water. Over 122 million people don't have access to adequate sanitation – over two thirds of the population. As a result, more than 97,000 children die every year from diarrhoea.

Our approach

WaterAid works with the people that are most in need – the poor and marginalised. We partner with local experts and communities to build simple technologies that will last long into the future, helping to support health, education and livelihoods.

We work with local authorities and the national Government to set standards for water and sanitation systems, promoting good sanitation and hygiene practices to communities and schools to ensure lasting changes.

Our impact

In Nigeria last year we reached:

  • 116,000 people with safe water
  • 308,000 people with improved sanitation.