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 5 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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About WaterAid

WaterAid has teams in 34 countries across the world, working with our partners to transform millions of lives every year by improving access to clean water, toilets and hygiene.

And since 1981, we’ve reached 24.9 million people with clean water.

In the last 35 years, we’ve gone from strength to strength to become one of the most respected organisations dealing solely with water, sanitation and hygiene issues.