Protecting people from COVID-19 requires easy access to handwashing. But 23.5 million people in Tanzania still live without clean water, making it harder to stop the pandemic from spreading.

To tackle this, we’re scaling up our hygiene campaign through radio, SMS, television and social media; working on safe management of toilet waste; and advocating prioritisation of water, sanitation and hygiene services in the national response plan, including in schools.

Our response to COVID-19 in Tanzania

Tanzania is a country of extremes. Great central plains and forested highlands. Tropical savanna and an equatorial shoreline. Africa’s tallest point, Mount Kilimanjaro, and its deepest lake, Tanganyika.

Despite being on course to become a middle-income country, it is also a place of extreme poverty. Nearly half of all people in Tanzania have no clean water, and only about a third have a decent toilet.

people don't have clean water. 

That's nearly 2 in every 5 people.

people don't have a decent toilet.

That's around 41 million people.

under 5 die from diarrhoea every year.

Caused by dirty water and poor toilets.

What does WaterAid do in Tanzania?

We will help the Government reach their ambitious goals by providing expert training and support to local authorities. We will bring in our specialist partners in education, gender, disabilities and the environment. Together we will make clean water, toilets and hygiene normal for everyone in Tanzania.

Keeping kids in school

WaterAid/Eliza Deacon
I have seen a change in behaviour when it comes to hygiene. Students now wash their hands with soap after going to the toilet, and they wash themselves daily. They are even more aware of the environment; you don’t see waste lying around at school anymore.
Agnes Pius, 51 – teacher at Guse Primary School

Agnes Pius has taught in four different schools in Tanzania over the years. She’s seen a lot of truancy, but not for the reasons you’d expect. "Students would rather stay home from school than use the old toilets," she explains. "I felt sorry for children who used them."

More and more children are enrolling in Tanzania’s schools, but the number of toilets and water points hasn’t caught up.

With our local partner, we have built a new toilet block for Guse Primary School. There are water points too, accessible to younger children and people with disabilities. Girls can now manage their periods safely and privately.

"I’m happy," Agnes says. "Now we have healthy and clean children who are keen to further their education."

Delivering life at Kiomboi

When we first visited the maternity wards of Kiomboi Hospital in 2015 its piped water system had broken down. Incredible people like you helped raise almost £5m that winter, which means midwives like Juliana can deliver babies like Fatuma Paul in a safer environment.

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