Dr Semmelweis

When one man challenged the establishment he would pay with his career, his reputation and, arguably, his life. But 160 years later, his legacy lives on in WaterAid’s work.

Dr Semmelweis in 1858
Professors at the Vienna General Hospital
Children passing a jug of clean water in India. WaterAid/ Dieter Telemans
Schoolchildren in Tanzania demonstrate how they wash their hands using a low-cost tippy-tap. WaterAid/ Jake Lyell
Pupils playing the blue hand game at Ford Nager Primary School, Bangladesh. WaterAid/ Abir Abdullah
Schoolchildren in Kampala, Uganda, celebrate Global Handwashing Day with soap and clean water. WaterAid/ James Kiyimba

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We are WaterAid. Our vision is of a world where everyone, everywhere has access to clean water and sanitation - is yours?

We are WaterAid. Our vision is of a world where everyone, everywhere has access to clean water and sanitation - is yours?