A look at the reports and briefs about policy and practice in water, sanitation and hygiene.
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Latest publications

WaterAid India develops a wide range of publications including technical reports, policy briefs, operations research, qualitative evaluations, good practice documents, and IEC materials. Available here are these publications for your reading and review.


Wild Water – The State of the World’s Water 2017 (Hindi)

In this briefing, we look at how the struggle of vulnerable rural communities to access clean water is compounded by wild water events. We explore how improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene services makes them better able to withstand catastrophe, and why working towards the Sustainable Development Goal of reaching everyone everywhere with access to clean water by 2030 will be essential in building adaptable, more climate-resilient communities.

Healthy Start Campaign

Healthy Start Campaign

With 167 maternal deaths per 1,00,000 live births and 28 newborn deaths per 1,000 live births1, India has one of the highest rates of maternal and infant mortality in the world. Studies have shown that many deaths in the first month of life result from diseases and conditions that are preventable. Sepsis, a leading cause of infection in newborns, is associated with unclean practices at and after birth. One in five newborn deaths within the first month of birth, could be prevented by ensuring access to clean water and providing a clean birthing environment2. Evidence also suggests that poor water


Overflowing Cities: The State of the World’s Toilet 2016

Without access to any system for removing human waste, almost 100 million urban dwellers have little option but to practise open defecation. The remaining 600 million people rely on toilets that do not fulfil minimum requirements of hygiene, safety or privacy – including dirty and crowded communal toilets, and rudimentary pit or bucket latrines. Communities near water may use ‘hanging’ latrines suspended over a river or lake, where human waste drops straight into the water. Streets and common areas quickly become open sewers and rubbish dumps.


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Water security planning brooks no more delays

With the onset of summer, the usual problem of water scarcity has started haunting the people of Odisha yet again. From the beginning of the summer season every year, despite the huge investments, the lapses in the service delivery system comes to the forefront due to severe water scarcity. And then, provisioning of water through tankers appears to be the only solution for immediate relief. However, the fundamental question is that why the same problem persists, despite the creation of new drinking water sources across the state every year – even more than the requirement in comparison to the population...

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