More than one in six people worldwide lack access to safe water and over 2.5 billion – including almost one billion children – live without even basic sanitation (UN-Water).
Unsafe water facilities and unhealthy hygiene practices contribute to the spread of infections which cause diarrhoea, dysentery and other health problems. Globally, every 20 seconds a child dies as a result of poor sanitation (UN-Water).
Red Cross support
The British Red Cross is supporting a water and sanitation programme in Zimbabwe, where poor access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities causes major health problems.
Thanks to your support of our Clean Start Appeal, we are also helping communities in Kenya and Bangladesh gain access to clean water and toilets.
Meanwhile, our mass sanitation emergency response unit is ready to respond to overseas emergencies where water can become contaminated and have a negative impact on people's health.
Our teams have the expertise and equipment to reduce the spread of disease after a disaster, which is key to saving lives.