Keep Your Promises on Sanitation and Water


Keep Your Promises is a global campaign calling on decision makers to stick to the commitments they have made to end the sanitation and water crisis. So far over 1,800,000 peoples have signed the petition, which has been presented at the MDG Summit in New York in September 2013. 

To get more information on this campaign and sign the petition visit the Keep Your Promises website.

The World Walks for Water and Sanitation


The World Walks for Water and Sanitation is a global event demanding action to address the world's largest crisis - water and sanitation.

Millions of people walk great distances each day to collect water. Billions have no safe place to go to the toilet and are forced to walk into fields to defecate, risking assault and compromising their dignity. Unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation means children have to miss school and are dying needlessly from disease caused by contaminated water. Ending the water and sanitation crisis would help break the poverty cycle, would increase school attendance, and save lives.

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Increasing health and sanitation spending in Sierra Leone

Increasing healthA decade of civil war in the 1990s meant that Sierra Leone has struggled to rebuild and provide vital resources including health care. Life expectancy is just 48* years and it's one of the most dangerous places in the world for a woman to give birth.

Oxfam, along with Save the Children, World Vision and Budget Advocacy Network have campaigned nationally to increase the national budget for health and sanitation, and improve the quality of health and sanitation expenditure. During 2012, a comprehensive budget tracking study was undertaken to analyse the quality and quantity of health and sanitation expenditure from national to local level. Oxfam led on the data collection for Freetown (the capital city, which has a third of the country's population), talking to the Freetown City Council and District Health Management Team, as well as visiting health clinics and hospitals in the city. The study and lobbying work with the Ministry of Finance ensured that health was an issue high on the agenda in the run up to the budget allocation for 2013.