water, sanitation & hygiene

World Water Week 2017

Find out about our work in water

Oxfam is working on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) initiatives that integrate sustainable and local innovation to meet the needs of the poorest in 52 countries. Our work encompasses public health emergency responses in humanitarian crisis, as well as a holistic, adaptable and sustainable water resource management approach for development projects including governance of water resources.
Worldwide, 650m people lack access to safe water
In 2015/16, Oxfam provided 5.4 million people with improved access to clean water across 31 emergencies
Around 315,000 children under-five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation

How we work

In an emergency, it’s estimated each person needs 15 litres of water per day
We delivered more than 300m litres of clean water every month in the haiti earthquake response
Since Jan 2014, Oxfam has built and repaired water systems for almost 1m people inside Syria
Oxfam is delivering clean water and sanitation services for 435,500 people in Yemen
In Bangladesh, 394,179km2 of land has been affected by 11 major floods in the last 33 years
Conversely, 45m Bangladeshis suffer from drought every year
Oxfam has distributed more than 15,000 buckets for water collection & storage since world water day 2015
The average person in the UK uses about 150 litres per day, that’s 30 buckets of water
Globally women spend 200m hours every single day simply collecting water

Where we work