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

Statistics can look stark. More than 1 in 5 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.

 in the world – almost one in ten – don’t have clean water close to home.

(WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report 2023)

in the world – almost one in five – do not have a decent toilet. 

(WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report 2023)

in the world – one in four – lack soap and/or water to wash their hands at home.


(WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report 2023)

Globally,  don’t have clean water and

(WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report 2022)

1 in 5 healthcare facilities lack basic water services and 1 in 10 have no sanitation services.

(WHO/UNICEF, Progress on WASH in health care facilities, 2023)

Living without safely managed water, sanitation and hygiene services contributes to from preventable diseases each year.

(WaterAid, 2021)

Investment in universal basic drinking water can and investment in basic hygiene can yield US $45 billion annually.

(WaterAid/Vivid Economics 2021)

The World Bank says promoting good hygiene is .

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

If everyone, everywhere had clean water,  for children aged under 5 years each year.

(WHO, 2022)

In 2022 to 2023, we reached with clean water, with decent toilets and with good hygiene.

(WaterAid, 2023)

A young boy stands with his arm around, holding a glass of water.
Image: WaterAid/ Ernest Randriarimalala

In 2021-22 we helped secure changes to , strategies or standards to benefit people living without clean water, decent toilets or good hygiene.

(WaterAid UK, 2022)

A girl stands with a broom in front of an outdoor toilet structure.
Image: WaterAid/ Basile Ouedraogo

Since 1981 we've reached  with clean water and  with decent toilets.

(WaterAid UK, 2022)

Two girls stands at at tapstand, showing their soapy hands to the camera.
Image: WaterAid/ DRIK/ Farzana Hossen

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