WaterAid will be focusing its activity on providing safe, clean water, sanitation and hygiene for over a million people.
Projects for the HSBC Water Programme will:
- Use community-led sustainable approaches, in both rural and urban areas, to get water to 1.1 million people and sanitation to 1.9 million people across South Asia; Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and in the West African countries of Nigeria and Ghana
- Reduce child morbidity and mortality, and general healthcare costs.
- Educate adolescent girls on menstrual hygiene management, and provide separate water and sanitation facilities in schools
- Improve livelihoods, particularly by freeing women’s time and improving community health, and resilience to disasters and climate risks
- Influence national and local governments to prioritise water and sanitation services
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Case Study: Building school toilet facilities in Chinnavilai village, Tamil Nadu, India
WaterAid's programmes take a triple-pronged approach to fighting disease: We help communities to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education. The latter involves the promotion of practices such as keeping hands clean and safely storing water. These practices are literally life-saving: The simple act of regularly washing hands with soap and water can cut deadly diarrhoeal diseases by 50%.
Case Study: Improving the lives of women in Dhaka City, Bangladesh
For women, not having access to water and sanitation is particularly hard. Constantly carrying heavy water containers can lead to curved spines and pelvic deformities and this, coupled with a lack of hygiene education can cause problems during menstruation and childbirth. Not having somewhere safe and clean to go to the toilet creates more problems. When human waste is left in the open it can spread disease and pollute water sources. Because of this very few women in developing countries today have an education or are decision-makers in the community. Enabling women's voices to be heard in the decision-making process is not easy, but a crucial part of ensuring that development happens.
Case Study: Raising hygiene awareness in Rajshahi and Chittagong City, Bangladesh
WaterAid's programmes take a triple-pronged approach to fighting disease: We help communities to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education. Poor hygiene behaviour can lead to many health problems. Children are too sick to attend school and gain an education, and parents are unable to earn an income and provide for their families. Simple changes such as washing hands with soap and water after going to the toilet or before preparing food could reduce the risk of diarrhoea by 50%.