Where there's a Will there's a way to safe clean water

March 31, 2010

"Will Tillett is the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) coordinator in Zimbabwe, for international humanitarian organisation Action Against Hunger. His role involves water sanitation projects in this poverty-stricken country. 'Action Against Hunger's mission in Zimbabwe, as in all of the countries where it works, is to reduce the incidence and severity of malnutrition in vulnerable populations.

'In Zimbabwe, we are taking an integrated approach to the complex problem of malnutrition, by implementing programmes that involve nutrition support, food security, agricultural, and water sanitation and hygiene projects. The latter is my responsibility, and the programmes in Zimbabwe include: constructing and rehabilitating rural water points for drinking and irrigation purposes, construction of latrines and hand-washing facilities, and the promotion of basic hygiene practices that can prevent the transmission of communicable diseases like cholera.

Will said the 2010 Action Against Hunger Zimbabwean programmes intend to construct around 250 community water points, rehabilitate the water supply for one town, 50 health clinics, and 13 schools. 'We expect to provide clean and safe water to around 420,000 Zimbabweans,' he said. 'World Water Day acts as an important reminder that not everyone has access to such a basic human need. Action Against Hunger fully supports World Water Day, and works all year round to improve access to safe water, hygiene, sanitation and nutrition in over 40 countries worldwide.'"