Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Our approach to WASH

Breaking free from poverty is impossible without sustainable access to clean water, secure sanitation services and improved hygiene practices.

Wherever we work, Tearfund takes an integrated approach to water, sanitation and hygiene. This means that by coordinating our work on these three areas, we can have a bigger impact on improving community health and well-being. Read more about our approach to WASH. 

Read our integrated strategy and vision for WASH (PDF 578 KB).


Our water supply programming creates access to sufficient safe water for everyone and empowers people to manage their water resources.

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We use participatory approaches to sanitation programming that try to encourage a higher level of latrine use among communities.

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Safe hygiene practices need to form the basis for provision as they do not necessarily follow from water and sanitation interventions.

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Cross-cutting issues

When we work with a community it is important to think about the context around our WASH programmes, and the impact this might have. In this cross-cutting section, you will find information about how we address other contextual issues alongside our WASH programmes.