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Life expectancy is just 49 years old in Swaziland, one of the lowest in the world.
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500,000 people don't have access to adequate sanitation in Swaziland.


People in Swaziland don't have access to safe water.


Over 100 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation in Swaziland.

Swaziland is a small country surrounded on three sides by South Africa and bordering Mozambique to the east. HIV/AIDS is widespread among the population, making the need for safe water, hygiene and basic toilets even greater.

The crisis

Swaziland is a very poor country with a population of around 1.3 million. 300,000 people don’t have access to safe water, and 500,000 have no sanitation. 200 children die every year from preventable diarrheal diseases.

The country has the world's highest proportion of people living with HIV/AIDS – one in four adults. These people are more vulnerable to diarrheal diseases and need safe water for medication to be effective.

Almost a third of the population does not have access to safe water and nearly half have nowhere to go to the toilet. These problems have a big impact on health and contribute to an average life expectancy of just 49. years old.

Our approach

In Swaziland, WaterAid is working closely with local communities to introduce simple, low-cost technologies. This ensures the poorest people are able to install and maintain water points and toilets themselves.

We work with local partners to help decision-makers recognize the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene. We lobby the Government to ensure these essential services are prioritized and budgeted for.

Our research into the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS helps us reach those most in need. We share this information with other service providers to increase access to life-changing safe water and basic toilets.

Our impact

In Swaziland last year we reached:

  • 1,000 people with safe water
  • 1,000 people with improved sanitation
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