Around the world there are 1.3 million children who die each year from diarrhoea. This is roughly the same number of children we have in the whole of Australia! For these children, not being able to quench their thirst with a glass of clean water or find a decent toilet isn’t merely an inconvenience, it’s a death sentence.
Things don’t have to be this way. Their lives and millions of other children could be saved through targeted investments in water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH).
We are calling on the Australian government to do its fair share to ensure that these crucial investments are made, particularly in the areas of sanitation and hygiene where most attention is needed.
Catalyst is working with Micah Challenge and WaterAid to call on the Australian Government to increase spending on WaSH in the aid budget. Our request is that money allocated to WaSH should reach $500m by 2015 and that at least half of this money should be spent on sanitation and hygiene.