Although Bangladesh has achieved significant success in increasing access to water and sanitation in recent years, issues such as poor water quality, lack of functional water sources, unsafe sanitation, and poor hygiene behaviour, including widespread stigma around menstrual hygiene, still persist in many parts of the country.

Our Rural programme intends to address these issues and make a lasting change in the lives of the poor through ensuring inclusive and sustainable WASH services in households, healthcare facilities and schools for the most vulnerable and excluded communities in remote rural areas, including tea gardens, hill tracts, and char and haor areas. Our projects are intervening in schools to promote inclusive and sustainable WASH for a better learning environment. In healthcare facilities, we are working with communities and management bodies to improve health services and outcomes. As part of our mandate to leave no one behind, we are working in the remote and inaccessible tea gardens of Sylhet with marginalised tea picker communities. Across all of our projects, we work with local government, institutional authorities, district administration and communities to build knowledge, capacity and motivation for locally owned and driven WASH solutions that are scalable and sustainable.  

A story of transformation

Local government-led WASH project implemented at Boda upazila in Panchagarh. The project was unique in its involvement of the Union Parishad as the main implementing partner, who with technical assistance and capacity building support from WaterAid

Image: WaterAid/Habibul Haque

Three goals.

One team.

Clean water, proper sanitation and good hygiene help everyone around the world live happy and healthy lives. Let's make this normal for everyone, everywhere.



Everyone, everywhere, always.