Since Teuk Teoun received a water filter from Oxfam a year ago, her family hasn't been sick with vomiting or diarrhoea. (Romadar village, Cambodia) Photo: John Sones/OxfamAUS

Water, sanitation and hygiene

Women and girls from remote mountain villages in North Vietnam walk up to three hours a day to haul water back to their houses for cooking. Here in Australia we turn on our taps.

Fresh, clean accessible water for drinking and for cooking. We all need it, only some of us have to go to the limits of human endurance to get it.

Almost 900 million people in the world do not have access to clean water – or one in eight people. (WHO/UNICEF)

Unclean water, poor sanitation and unsafe hygiene practices have claimed more lives over the past century than any other cause – and this is continuing in many developing countries – making this one of the world’s most urgent health issues.

So, what do we do?

Get some of the world’s best water and sanitation engineers and public health specialists with a can-do attitude on to the job. If you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty, we’ll show you how we do it.

Clean Water Saves Lifes

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Yusra wants to be a doctor. But without clean toilets, her life — and her future — are under threat. You can help keep kids safe from disease today.