Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

A refugee living in the camp at the Thai-Myanmar border uses the water from the tank to have a wash. (Photo: Jörg Worms)

According to the World Health Organization, 900 million people worldwide live without access to clean water, and 2.6 billion live without basic sanitation. Many diseases are caused by poor hygienic conditions and scarce or polluted water. We advocate for the right of every human being to clean water and sanitation, and call on each person to apply basic hygiene principles. If this vision came true, we could save the lives of 5,000 children every day who die from the effects of poor hygiene.

Take a look at a selection of our toilets around the world!

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Policy, research & conferences

Launch of the 'Violence, Gender and WASH: Practitioner's Toolkit'
Recent tragic events in India have highlighted how a lack of access to a basic toilet can lead to women and children defecating in the open, increasing their vulnerability to harassment and violence, including sexual violence. Together with other NGOs we have co-published a toolkit, with the aim to help better recognise these risks and how we can practically contribute to their reduction. >>more

Malteser International at the World Water Week 2013: Water Cooperation “How can relief organizations help link community and government to make the delivery of water services more efficient?” That is the question a delegation from Malteser International asked the participants of the World Water Week, held annually in Stockholm in the first week of September.  >>more

Malteser International WASH Guidelines: The three-part WASH guidelines provide a high-quality resource for our staff members and partners, so they can implement projects according to the latest recognized standards in the field. Part 1: Water, Part 2: Sanitation and Part 3: Hygiene are to be found here.


Further projects

Malteser International has implemented WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) projects in the following countries:

CambodiaDR CongoHaitiMyanmar