Water for all.  Whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right!


The IFRC has, since 2005 reached:

  • over 20 million people with emergency access to water and/or sanitation and hygiene services
  • over 16 million people with sustainable access to water and/or sanitation and hygiene services

#Water4all: access to WASH is vital for ending Cholera!

Every year on the 22 March, we mark World Water Day – an opportunity to highlight the WASH challenges around the world and our collective efforts to address these issues.

The newly launched ‘One WASH’ Initiative is targeting 10 million people at ‘high risk’ from cholera to be reached by 2030 thus contributing to Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 6.

One WASH promotes a common yet adaptable approach among National Red Cross Red Crescent Societies to establish large-scale, long-term sustainable water and sanitation programmes and to broaden its scope to prioritize its impact in cholera elimination, nutrition, strengthening delivery of improved hygiene and in both rural and urban settings. This new, broadened initiative reflects our approach in integrating WASH and Health in a more sustainable solution to the holistic needs of vulnerable populations.

Recent stories

By Gennike Mayers, IFRC “We have good water like medicine. It tastes good and does not cause disease but if we have this water and not enough toilets how can we stop disease?” said Halama Khaton, 40, who fled to Bangladesh from Rakhine in August 2017. …

22 March 2019

Thanks to its unique mandate, the Red Cross is one of few humanitarian organizations working in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Åsa Sandberg, Head of Desk at the Swedish Red Cross, has just returned from a field visit to the country.

28 June 2018

By Sajid Hasan, IFRC Azhar Mia, 35, lives in a beautiful green village named Panschim (West) Boroghona in the Banskhali sub-district of Chattogram, Bangladesh, where his house is located just a few kilometers away from the shores of the Bay of Bengal. …

11 June 2018

Follow Irene Nakasiita, Uganda Red Cross Communications Coordinator, as she reports from Parolinya Settlement where Red Cross is supporting thousands of refugees seeking safety from neighbouring South Sudan Reporting by: Irene Nakasiita Under the scorc …

23 April 2018

100 per cent coverage is coming, slowly

At the current rate of improvement, Wateraid estimates that all people in the world will have access to adequate water and sanitation facilities by the year 2057, 27 years behind schedule. The World Health Organization estimates that one newborn baby dies every minute from infection caused by a lack of safe water and an unclean environment.


40 per cent of the world has access to a toilet


91 per cent has access to safe water


Globally 66 per cent of schools have adequate toilet facilities


81 per cent of people living in urban settings have access to a good toilet

Sustainable development goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted in 2015, and call for access to clean water and good sanitation facilities to cover 100 per cent of the world’s population.


  • 1990 76%
  • 2012 89%
  • 2015 91%


  • 1990 49%
  • 2012 64%
  • 2015 68%