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4000 children die every day from diarrhoea caused by unclean water and poor sanitation.

Join up, Scale up, Save lives

New report showcases the success of joined-up development programmes

HIV positive Regis Sicheuunga shows her grandchildren how to wash their handsJoin up, Scale up: How integration can defeat disease and poverty shows how bringing together work on water and sanitation, health, education, nutrition and food security delivers better results for the world's poorest.

Co-authored by End Water PovertyAction Against HungerAction for Global Health (UK and France)PATHTearfund and WaterAid, the report showcases integrated aid work in 17 countries, providing clear evidence that working together is essential to tackling poverty and disease. Illustrating the ways in which poverty, health, nutrition, gender, education and other issues are inter-related in people's lives, it explains how linking up work in these areas can result in more effective and lasting solutions for those most in need.

With governments gathering at the UN General Assembly in New York on September 19 and 20, this report demonstrates to them that joined up development approaches prove cost-effective for both donors and national governments whilst achieving better results for the world's poorest. Dr Terry John, Chair of the British Medical Association International Committee commented, "The report clearly demonstrates that integrated cross-sectoral approaches can have a huge impact on efforts to improve health for the world's poor."

Countries highlighted include Uganda, where the Uganda Water and Sanitation Network (UWASNET) , an End Water Poverty member organization, worked in collaboration with the Ugandan Ministry of Health and other NGOs and care organisations to pilot training workshops and manuals on improving hygiene in home-based care for people living with HIV.  Focusing on small practical actions such as hand washing and transporting, storing and serving drinking water safely, the interactive training approach taught families and other care providers new skills and helped them to develop a positive attitude to hygiene practices. Client and community volunteer Charles Byamukama responded positively to the programme saying, "I used to have at least one bout of diarrhoea a month, but since I improved my hygiene at home I can go for more than three months without it."

Meanwhile in Nepal, WaterAid Nepal worked together with the national government, other charities, aid agencies and local authorities to set up a programme training all local doctors and nurses on hygiene education.  And in the Philippines, a hand washing and oral hygiene programme in elementary schools resulted in a 30 percent reduction in absenteeism in targeted schools, while the number of children with below-normal body mass was reduced by one fifth.

Read the press release here. 

Download the report here.