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21 March, 2017 | India
India ranked first in the world for most rural people without access to clean water

To see a photo gallery: click here To see the report: click here India, one of the world’s fastest growing economies and home to 17% of the world’s population, has the most number of rural people living without access to clean water – 63.4 million – ‘Wild Water’, WaterAid’s State of the World’s Water 2017...

2 December, 2016 | India
Inclusive water, sanitation and hygiene essential for life with dignity, says WaterAid

From Liberia to Nepal, Ethiopia to India, progress is being made to ensure more disabled people are living lives with dignity with inclusive water infrastructure, accessible toilets and improved hygiene services, as demonstrated in new photos released by international non-governmental organisation WaterAid to mark the International Day of Persons With Disabilities (3 December). The images...

18 November, 2016 | India
Overflowing cities: WaterAid reveals the world’s hardest place to find an urban toilet

India, the world’s fastest growing economy, is also the worst country in the world for urban sanitation, WaterAid’s State of the World’s Toilets 2016 report reveals. Despite the government’s campaign to make sanitation a priority, India’s towns and cities are growing at such breakneck speed that the number of urbanites living without sanitation is growing...

14 October, 2016 | India
More than 60,000 people join hands with WaterAid India to ask for improved hand hygiene among healthcare providers

This Global Handwashing Day, WaterAid India is calling on the Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India to take action to highlight the importance of hand hygiene for healthcare providers and provide an enabling environment for them to practice good hand hygiene. 38% of hospitals and clinics in low and middle-income...

1 September, 2016 | India
A tale of clean cities: New WaterAid research shows how Vizag is successfully tackling the urban sanitation challenge

New research from WaterAid has identified how cities like Visakhapatnam (Vizag) are tackling the ever-growing urban sanitation challenge posed by rapid urbanisation, and have successfully used Swachh Bharat to lead the way in getting access to toilets for everyone across India. With nearly a third (31%) of India’s population now living in urban areas, city...

26 July, 2016 | India
WaterAid’s ‘Caught Short’ report reveals how a lack of toilets and clean water are major contributors to malnutrition

India, the world’s second most populous nation, and a country with a well-known sanitation crisis has been named as having the greatest number of children in the world who are stunted. The new report, ‘Caught Short‘, from international development charity WaterAid, reveals 48 million children in India, or two in every five under five, are...

22 July, 2016 | India
India needs a Healthy Start as healthcare facilities across the country have poor water, sanitation and hygiene, finds WaterAid

With 167 maternal deaths per 1,00,000 live births and 28 newborn deaths per 1,000 live births, India has one of the highest rates of maternal and neonatal mortality in the world. One in five newborn deaths, could be prevented by ensuring access to clean water and by providing a clean birthing environment. To develop a greater...

14 June, 2016 | India
Water, sanitation critical to ending malnutrition WaterAid welcomes Global Nutrition Report 2016

Clean water, good sanitation and hygiene are essential to ending malnutrition, WaterAid said today following the launch of the 2016 Global Nutrition Report. The 2016 report recognises the important role of clean water, good hygiene and ending open defecation in reducing undernutrition, a major form of malnutrition. It calls on governments to prioritise spending to...

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