We know that handwashing is the first line of defence against illness. But millions of people lack access to the essentials to stay healthy: clean water, sanitation and soap.

In fact, one in six healthcare facilities worldwide have no handwashing facilities at all. This is unacceptable. When communities, schools and hospitals have access to soap and clean water we can dramatically reduce the spread of infections. This saves lives.

We’ve been working to provide and advocate for clean water, sanitation and hygiene around the world for four decades. Last year, with your support, we reached millions of people around the world with hygiene education. This is lasting behaviour change, at scale.

Please make a donation to support our work. Your gift will help us reach people in more than 30 countries, including areas affected by Coronavirus.

1 in 10

people don't have clean water close to home.

We're collaborating with local partners to find the best solution for getting clean water to every global community.

1 in 10 people don't have clean water close to home. We're collaborating with local partners to find the best solution for getting clean water to every global community.
WaterAid/ Prashanth Vishwanathan

1 in 4

people don't have a decent toilet of their own.

We're working with partners to help install toilets and train local people to maintain them once we're gone.

1 in 4 people don't have a decent toilet of their own. We're working with partners to help install toilets and train local people to maintain them once we're gone.
WaterAid/ Eliza Powell

2 in 5

people lack handwashing facilities at home.

Good hygiene promotion is one of the most effective ways of improving global health. That's why we support hygiene education programmes across all of our projects.

Good hygiene promotion is one of the most effective ways of improving global health. That's why we support hygiene education programmes across all of our projects.
WaterAid/ James Kiyimba

There are lots of ways to help us reach everyone, everywhere with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.