Our vision is of a world where everyone, everywhere has safe and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene.

But global progress towards that vision is shamefully slow:

  • 703 million people – almost one in ten – don’t have clean water close to home.
  • 1.5 billion people – almost one in five – don’t have a decent toilet of their own.
  • Almost 2 billion people – one in four – can't wash their hands with soap at home.
  • More than 1,000 children under five die every day due to diseases caused by unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene.

Unless there is a monumental shift in ambition and approach, the global promise made in the Sustainable Development Goals for everyone, everywhere to have access to safe and lasting water and sanitation and basic hygiene by 2030 will not be fulfilled for many decades to come.

That is why, in this new Global Strategy, we will transform our ambitions, partnerships and approaches to help bring an end to the water, sanitation and hygiene crisis, forever. For everyone. No excuses.

In the past, we and our partners have helped to change the lives of tens of millions of people by working with them to bring clean water, decent toilets and hygiene to their communities. Now, we seek to catalyse change that will deliver these essentials to hundreds of millions more.

Together with our partners – and with you – we will work towards the day when our work is no longer needed.

This is our strategy for making that happen.

Explore our new strategy

Discover how, with a bold new approach, we will work to end the water, sanitation and hygiene crisis – for good.

Vonjy, 10, and Tahiana, 11, having fun and playing with water during their school break outside their school. Ankaditapaka primary school. Ambohibao Fokontany, Manjakandriana commune, Analamanga region, Madagascar, May 2019.

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