By bringing the communities in Tanzania clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene, we can help them reach their potential and live healthy lives. Support the Merit campaign: together we can accelerate the pace of change.

Merit supports WaterAid’s Deliver Life program which will change the birth stories of thousands of mothers and babies. A bright future begins with a healthy start.

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Delivering Life

Most of us would never dream of bringing our own children to be treated at a health clinic without clean running water and safe disposal of human waste. Yet, millions of mothers and fathers around the world have no other choice.

The risk of cross-infection and disease outbreaks grows exponentially when water and sanitation conditions are not properly managed. As a result, health facilities, which are supposed to promote good health and recovery, end up compromising the health of both patients and staff.

Every five minutes

Last year, four babies died every five minutes in Sub-Saharan Africa or Southern Asia from highly preventable causes.

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One in ten

One in ten children in Sub-Saharan Africa will not reach their fifth birthday.

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Over 2.7 million

In 2013 over 2.7 million babies died in their first four weeks of life.

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Together we can make a lasting difference

WaterAid works with community members, local partner organizations and government officials to:

  • Improve the quality of health services for mothers, newborns and children by constructing water and sanitation infrastructure in twelve health clinics and provide training to ensure it is used and managed in a sustainable manner.
  • Raise awareness amongst community members, especially mothers and pregnant women about the availability of local health services and the importance of good hygiene practices.
  • Encourage local and national governments to be responsive to maternal, new-born and child health needs, and to integrate water, sanitation and hygiene into planning at all levels of service delivery.
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