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WaterAid’s intervention at the 15th African Water Association Int' Congress

A call to action for utilities to focus on services to the poor has emerged from the 15th session of the African Water Association (AfWA) InternationalWater Congress in Uganda, where African utility managers agreed to play a more central role in the political processes towards meeting the MDGs. (Millennium Development Goals)

Healthy Start: the first month of life

Healthy Start: the first month of life

Ensuring every child gets the water, sanitation and hygiene they need.

Bringing a new life into the world should be a time of love and hope for mother and baby, wherever they happen to live.

But, around the world, one in every 50 births leads to heartbreak for parents, as their precious newborn son or daughter will die before they are a month old.

In 2013, over 2.7 million babies died in their first four weeks of life. This is overwhelmingly a problem of the developing world – with over 99% of neonatal deaths occurring in low and middle income countries.

In the year the world replaces the Millennium Development Goals with the Sustainable Development Goals, it is time to ensure that the next generation of children is given the best start in life – a healthy start.

The unsung heroes in water, sanitation and hygiene delivery

Women in Nepal

Water for women

Water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities in Asia-Pacific

WaterAid response to UN Secretary General’s synthesis report

‘Running out’ of water is not the main problem

Universal access by 2030: will there be enough water?

‘Running out’ of water is not the main problem

The water scarcity at the heart of today’s global water crisis is often rooted in power, poverty, inequality and poor management (known as socio-economic water scarcity), rather than because demand for water exceeds supply (known as physical water scarcity). In the vast majority of cases the sector has been unable to extend access to water even where supplies are plentiful, which indicates the enormity of these socio-economic challenges.

Although physical scarcity is not the main issue, it is increasingly having an impact. Pressure must be maintained on governments to fulfill their obligations to deliver WASH to all their citizens through increased access, but the sector must also recognize the growing threat that physical water scarcity poses to the goal of universal access to WASH by 2030. Governments and service providers must be prepared for the compounding effect that emerging physical water scarcity will have on existing socio-economic challenges.


Compendium of accessible WASH technologies

Compendium of accessible WASH technologies

This Compendium of low-cost technologies to improve the accessibility of household WASH facilities is designed for use by staff, such as health workers and community volunteers, working directly with communities in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. A few examples of technologies are presented that families can adapt to suit their needs and budgets. Many more options are possible. Most of the ideas are suitable for disabled and older people, but are suitable for anyone who may have difficulty using standard facilities. The main focus is on household facilities, not institutional facilities, although some ideas might also be useful in these settings.

The compendium can be used in various ways:

  • As a starting point for discussion with households
  • As a way of encouraging communities to consider design options
  • By disabled people’s organizations, and older peoples’ associations
  • As flashcards - images can be enlarged and stuck on card
  • As posters - images can be printed and used for group discussions

Images used in the compendium

For high quality photos and images used in the compendium please click on the photo links in each chapters below. Please be aware that the size of some of the download links are fairly large it may take some time to download the pictures depending on the speed of your internet. Credits for the images have been embedded into the file info for each picture. In Windows Explorer this can be seen in the Author field at the bottom of each picture. If you are having difficulty accessing the pictures please contact Jane Wilbur, Equity, Inclusion and Rights Advisor, WaterAid, at


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Chapter one - reaching facilities

Undoing inequity: inclusive water, sanitation and hygiene in Uganda