Clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene are vital for living a dignified, healthy life.

Statistics can look stark. 1 in 4 people on the planet don't have a decent toilet of their own. 1 in 10 don't have clean water close to home.

But thanks to your incredible support, we’ve already reached millions of people in some of the toughest places in the world. We can’t stop there.

By working together, we can reach everyone, everywhere within a generation – and transform millions more lives for good.


 don’t have clean water close to home.

(WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report 2019)

don't have a decent toilet of their own.

(WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report 2019)

Globally, do not have clean water and 37% lack decent toilets.

JMP (2018) Drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in schools; Global baseline report

from infection caused by a lack of clean water and an unclean environment.

(WHO, 2015)

Diarrhoea caused by dirty water and poor toilets  every 2 minutes. 

(Tropical Medicine & International Health, 2014 and The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, 2018)

Around the world up to are lost every year because of water-related illnesses. 

(Human Development Report, 2006)

Every returns an average of $4 in increased productivity.

(WHO, 2012)

The World Bank says promoting good hygiene is

(Disease Control Priorities, third edition (volume 2), 2016)

If everyone, everywhere had clean water, the number of diarrhoeal deaths

(Tropical Medicine and International Health, 2014)

Between 2000 and 2017,  people globally gained access to a decent toilet and people gained access to basic water access.

(WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report 2019)

WaterAid/Ernest Randriarimalala

Working with our partners around the world, we reached over with clean water between 2016 and 2017.

(WaterAid, 2017)

WaterAid/Sibtain Haider

Since 1981, WaterAid has reached over  with clean water and decent toilets.

(WaterAid, 2019)

WaterAid/Ernest Randriarimalala

Globally between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019 we directly reached:

household members with clean water, with decent toilets, and with good hygiene.

(WaterAid, 2019)

school students with clean water,  with decent toilets, and with good hygiene.

(WaterAid, 2019)

Through healthcare centres, people gained access to clean water,  to decent toilets, and to good hygiene.

(WaterAid, 2019)

Numbers for households and schools = people who use these services every day. Numbers for healthcare facilities = the population each facility exists to serve, adjusted to reflect the scale of alternative / private provision.

People reached either through facilities or sustained promotion. Hygiene promotion numbers are estimates of people reached with hygiene promotion messages at least three times in a year through local marketing campaigns in communities, in schools and via local health services


The figures above refer to the people we directly reach through services delivered together with our partners. They only show part of our impact – to make lasting change happen on a massive scale, we also:

Through this work we benefit many more people than those shown above.

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