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South Asia WASH Results Programme

Girls wash hands at school

South Asia WASH Results Programme

21 million people

do not have access to safe water facilities in Bangladesh


children under 5 die from diseases caused by poor WASH in Bangladesh and Pakistan every year

69 million people

do not have access to proper sanitation facilities in Pakistan

A lack of clean drinking water, safe sanitation and good hygiene affects women and girls disproportionally throughout their lives. This is why water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes are one of our top priorities at Plan International UK. We are working to make a difference in people’s lives through our largest WASH programme – the South Asia WASH Results Programme.

Improving the lives of people in Pakistan and Bangladesh

The South Asia WASH Results Programme (SAWRP) is a four-year programme that enables access to improved water facilities, sanitation and hygiene for 6.6 million people living in poor rural communities in Bangladesh and Pakistan. As a result of the programme:


279,417 people

gained access to clean water

1,940,847 people

gained access to improved sanitation

7,121,559 people

were reached through our hygiene campaigns

We are now in the Sustainability Phase of the programme – where we are working with the 7 million people we reached in the delivery phase to ensure they continue to access and use their water and sanitation facilities and continue to practice positive hygiene behaviour, such as handwashing with soap, at key times to the end of the programme and beyond.

SAWRP is funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) under the multi-country DFID WASH Results Programme. SAWRP contributes towards the UK Government’s targets of reaching 60 million people with water, sanitation and hygiene initiatives to contribute towards the Millennium Development Goal 7 – 'Ensuring environmental sustainability' – by 2015.

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