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The COVID-19 pandemic requires an ongoing global response. With 5.1 million people still without access to clean water in Rwanda, our work takes on a continued sense of urgency. 

We have been supporting radio stars in Rwanda to produce a series of radio dramas to share messages about handwashing and hygiene, which is more important than ever before. Read the story here.

Our global response to COVID-19

Anyone in doubt about whether change is possible should look to Rwanda. Following a brutal civil war, the country has made astounding progress.

Three in five people now have clean water and two thirds of the population have a decent toilet, making this mountainous, green country a shining example of what we can achieve alongside our partners in country. The Government continues to follow its plan to reach everyone with clean water, toilets and hygiene.

But, it's the people with the lowest incomes, often in remote and hard-to-reach areas, who still lack basic services. Policy-makers need information on how best to make improvements. And service providers need money to put lasting systems in place.

people do not have clean water.

That's 2 in 5 people.

people do not have a decent toilet.

That's 4 million people.

 under 5 die each year from diarrhoea.

Caused by dirty water and poor toilets.

What does WaterAid do in Rwanda?

We use our experience and expertise to provide decision-makers with accurate information. We bring people and organisations together and build their skills. We campaign for more and better-targeted investment. And we empower communities so that the Government hears their voices. Together we can make clean water, toilets and hygiene a normal part of daily life for all Rwandans.

Delivering life with clean water

When Ruth last visited Nzangwa Health Centre, she had to bring a jerrycan of her own water with her. Thanks to your donations, which were doubled by UK Aid, the centre now has its own supply – meaning her new baby, Emeline, was born in a safer, healthier environment.

Image: WaterAid/Behailu Shiferaw

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