As well as providing clean water in emergencies, Islamic Aid works to improve water supply, sanitation and hygiene to stop the spread of diseases in vulnerable communities worldwide. We also lead education programmes promoting good health and hygiene.

Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti Islamic Aid provided people with water purification kits capable of making even the dirtiest water safe to drink. We also installed temporary water tanks distributing thousands of liters of water.

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Longer term support, such as improving sanitation and hygiene, not only reduces the health risks of water-related diseases, but also increases the earning potential of households by reducing sickness and time spent gathering water.

Islamic Aid supports communities to be able to make their own decisions about water and sanitation systems by empowering them to engage with those who control water supply and management. Women in particular, are traditionally excluded from decision making. Islamic Aid works to ensure they are included in discussions on the provision of water and sanitation.

Islamic Aid also works with farmers to provide irrigation systems for farms and water conservation projects.

Statistics on water and sanitation

Diarrhoea kills more children every year than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. (WHO) 884 million people across the world do not have access to clean water, this equates to nearly one in eight people worldwide. (WHO/UNICEF) 2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation, this equates to approximately two out of every five people across the world. (WHO/UNICEF)