HRH The Prince of Wales extends his Presidency of WaterAid

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Simon Harris
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6 August 2019
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HRH The Prince of Wales, who has been President of international charity WaterAid since 1991, has agreed to extend his Presidency. 

During his tenure as President, he has helped raise awareness of the 785 million people in the world – one in ten – who do not have clean water close to home and around 310,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That's almost 800 children a day, or one child every two minutes.

His Royal Highness has played a vital role through visits to WaterAid projects in developing countries as well as hosting events at Clarence House and St James’s Palace. 

Most recently, during a visit to Ghana in 2018, he met schoolgirls trained as water, sanitation and hygiene champions and learned about the charity’s work in Kassena-Nankana West, which is frequently affected by long dry seasons. This work includes rainwater harvesting systems, a solar generator-powered water system, biodigester toilets, a biogas-fuelled school kitchen and biogas-fuelled health clinic incinerator.

Welcoming the announcement from Clarence House, WaterAid’s Chief Executive Tim Wainwright said: 


“For almost 30 years we have been extremely fortunate that HRH The Prince of Wales has used his unique position to help WaterAid change lives in the world’s poorest and most marginalised people. 

“We are extremely grateful to His Royal Highness for his continued support, particularly around highlighting the impact of climate change on people’s access to clean water and decent sanitation. We remain committed, as does our President, to a world where everyone, everywhere has access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene, whatever the future holds.”


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WaterAid is working to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. The international not-for-profit organisation works in 28 countries to change the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 26.4 million people with clean water and 26.3 million people with decent toilets. For more information, visit www.wateraid.org/uk, follow @WaterAidUK or @WaterAidPress on Twitter, or find WaterAid UK on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraid.

  • 785 million people in the world – one in ten – do not have clean water close to home.[1]
  • 2 billion people in the world – almost one in four – do not have a decent toilet of their own.[2]
  • Around 310,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That's almost 800 children a day, or one child every two minutes.[3]
  • Every £1 invested in water and toilets returns an average of £4 in increased productivity.[4]
  • Just £15 can provide one person with clean water.[5]
  • To find out if countries are keeping their promises on water and sanitation, see the online database www.WASHwatch.org 
     

[1] WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update and SDG Baselines

[2] WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update and SDG Baselines

[3] washwatch.org

[4] World Health organization (2012) Global costs and benefits of drinking-water supply and sanitation interventions to reach the MDG target and universal coverage

[5] www.wateraid.org