WaterAid is an international organisation which was introduced by the UK water industry on the 21st July 1981 as a charitable trust
WaterAid is an international organisation which was introduced by the UK water industry on the 21st July 1981 as a charitable trust. They work in partnership with local organisations in 37 countries like Africa, Central America, and Asia to help poorer communities build a sustainable water supply. They work by influencing water and sanitation policies by the government by providing hygiene education sessions to help communities understand the importance of good hygiene practices like handwashing. They provide individuals with information in order to educate them about health and safety practices so that they want to improve their water and toilet facilities. Their main goal is to help people access a safe and reliable supply of water so have developed technology like the rope pump which is easy to use and allows access to clean water. WaterAid helps communities to build a composting toilet as this way people are able to release waste into certain places rather than have it lying around which promotes the spread of bacterial/infectious diseases.
This campaign works locally, nationally, and internationally to influence and raise awareness about water, toilets and improved hygiene to prevent the spread of water-related disease. For instance, cholera which is a water-borne disease caused by drinking water containing infectious viruses or bacteria, which often comes from human or animal waste. The bacteria which causes cholera tends to live in water but can also exist as groups of biofilms which cover the surface of the water, plants, stones, and similar items. Toxic strains of cholera bacteria produce a poison which causes diarrhoea in humans. This is why they educate poorer communities about the importance of toilets as many children around the world die from severe diarrhoea so this organisation helps by providing toilets to reduce the number of deaths.