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Water, toilets and hygiene in Rwanda

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

Two thirds of the population now have clean water and almost three in four people 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.

We have the experience and expertise to fix these problems. We 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.

people don't have clean water close to home.

That's just over a third of the population.

people don't have a decent toilet of their own.

That's more than a quarter of the population.

children under the age of five die every year from diarrhoea

caused by dirty water, poor toilets and no hygiene facilities.

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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