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Recent releases

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...

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...

12 May, 2016 | India
WaterAid India unveils ‘Loo With A View’ toilet at Simhastha Kumbh in Ujjain

May 12, New Delhi: With almost 173 people defecating in the open for every square kilometer, India has the highest number of people without access to sanitation. The resulting health crisis is a serious matter as more than 140,000 children younger than five years die each year in India from diarrhoea. To give a small...

22 March, 2016 | India
WaterAid releases ‘Water: At what cost? The State of the World’s Water’ to mark World Water Day 2016

The report titled “Water: At What Cost? The State of the World’s Water” was released on the occasion of World Water Day by WaterAid India. Also present on the occasion were UNICEF India, India WASH Forum and Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability. The report reflects on the most difficult areas globally for people to...

7 March, 2016 | India
What’s in the bag?

This Women’s Day, WaterAid unveils what mothers-to-be like to take to hospitals in their maternity bags. Clothes for the newborn baby, medicines prescribed by the doctor, few toys, toiletries, water bottle are a few items similar to every maternity bag across the country. For World Women’s Day, WaterAid undertook a project to get a glimpse...

22 December, 2015 | India
Handbook on Accessible Household Sanitation facilities for Persons with Disabilities launched

As part of the national effort to include everyone, everywhere to access improved  sanitation, provide equal opportunities for persons with disabilities (PwDs) and menstruating women and school girls, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS), Government of India on December 22nd launched the ‘Handbook on Accessible Household Sanitation facilities for Persons with Disabilities’ in...

19 November, 2015 | India
India has most number of people waiting for sanitation in the world says WaterAid

On this World Toilet Day, 19 November, WaterAid India is calling on central and state governments to commit to delivering universal access to sanitation following the release of a new report showing which countries in the world have the worst rates of access to safe, private toilets. WaterAid’s first “It’s No Joke – State of...

27 October, 2015 | India
WaterAid calls for the inclusion of hygiene indicator in Global Goals

Discussion of how the Global Goals will be achieved started on 26th October as experts from around the world convened in Thailand to decide on how progress will be measured to ensure that no-one is missed out of the Goals which have at their heart the permanent eradication of extreme poverty. The second meeting of...

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