Water, sanitation and hygiene promotion

22 March 2014 World Water Day: Getting the balance right

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Fighting diseases with clean water and sanitation

“We used to have to go to this empty field far from the house. At night it was scary but my ...

Philippine Red Cross trains water and sanitation volunteers for the next disaster

Partnership in water and sanitation is helping the Philippine Red Cross to prepare for any ...

Global Water and Sanitation Initiative

Increasing access to safe water and sanitation for all: reaching 15 million people by 2015 and ...

Battling to keep disease out of Uganda’s refugee camps

With poor sanitation and little access to clean water, the risk of disease increases.

Bringing clean water to thousands displaced by violence

When violence erupts in a country, one of the first things that is compromised is the ...

Meeting the Sanitation challenge in Asia Pacific

Jay Matta, Water and Sanitation Coordinator for the IFRC’s Asia Pacific Zone office, provides ...

Why getting the balance right?

Lack of access to water and sanitation and poor hygiene is one of the principal causes of death and disease worldwide. It also leads to loss of productivity and forms a major barrier to development. 

Globally, 2.5 billion people do not have access to basic sanitation facilities and as a result, the lives of billions of people are adversely affected. Sanitation receives only 27 per cent of the total pool of global aid funding for water and sanitation. The Red Cross Red Crescent advocates the need for redressing the imbalance between action on
safe water and improved sanitation.

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Opinion piece

Sanitation crisis: It’s time to talk about the solutions

Toilets are something that people are often embarrassed to talk about, making it easy to ignore ...

Related stories

Improving education through access to water in Vietnam

Taking a break for a drink of water is one way that many students like to escape the classroom. ...

It is not only one person that makes the difference, it is the entire community

It is early morning in Tornhill village, Mt Darwin district, and the water pump at the center ...

A volunteer with a bicycle can save lives

Tizai Miidzo is one of 108 Red Cross volunteers newly recruited to a water and sanitation project.

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