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Why Health?

Clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene are essential to good health. They stop life-threatening sickness from spreading. They save lives.

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Clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene save lives. Lives like Esther and her newborn baby. 

These three simple things have a huge impact on health around the world - and this is why they're so important.

Without clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene, sickness spreads fast. 

Diseases like cholera, dengue and diarrhoea. Diarrhoea kills a child every two minutes. 

Clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene cuts the risk of diarrhoea in half. This saves lives.

In low and middle income countries, 1 in 3 health facilities don’t have clean water and 1 in 4 don’t have decent toilets. 

That means healthworkers can’t wash their hands, surgical equipment can’t be sterilised and mothers have to give birth in unsafe environments. 

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In every £1 we spent, 74p went on delivering services and making change happen and 26p went on fundraising.

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About WaterAid

WaterAid has teams in 28 countries across the world, working with our partners to transform millions of lives every year by improving access to clean water, toilets and hygiene.

Since 1981, we’ve reached over 27 million people with clean water.

But we can’t stop there. In the last 37 years, we’ve gone from strength to strength to become one of the most respected organisations dealing solely with water, sanitation and hygiene issues.

What do WaterAid do?

While installing taps and toilets is essential to our work, we do so much more. We convince governments to change laws, link policy makers with people on the ground, pool knowledge and resources and rally support from people and organisations around the world, making lasting change happen on a massive scale.

Why regular donations matter

Regular gifts by direct debit give us a predictable income so we can commit to helping more people. Plus direct debits mean we pay less in processing fees than for credit card gifts.

Our fundraising promise to you

We’ll use your donations in the best way possible. For every £1 you give, 74p is spent enabling people to transform their lives with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene and 26p is spent on fundraising*

*as of 18/19 WaterAid annual report.