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Making water everybody’s business

A five-year water project carried out by Amref Flying Doctors in the slums around Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

Since 2016 we have supported the five-year health programme ‘Making water everybody’s business’ carried out by Amref Flying Doctors.

The goal is to reach over 140,000 people in slums and poor neighbourhoods in Ethiopia with access to water, sanitation and hygiene information. It concerns the areas of Addis Ababa, Afar and Oromia.

  • EthiopiaCountry
  • Addis AbabaRegion
  • ActiveStatus
  • 2015-2020Periode
  • 140.000Beneficiaries

Diseases due to polluted water are still one of the most common causes of child mortality

Children often victimized

In the slums and other poor neighborhoods of Ethiopian cities such as Addis Ababa is often lack of clean drinking water, sewage systems and garbage disposal services. This creates unsanitary situations that lead to health problems for the residents. Children in particular are often victims: diseases caused by polluted water are still one of the most common causes of death of children under 5 years of age. This is why Amref Flying Doctors wants to raise the importance of proper knowledge about good hygiene and safe use of water.

Government has limited knowledge

The local government would like a solution, but has only limited budgets. Moreover, it does not have sufficient knowledge and the policy is not properly implemented. The starting point of Amref is to strengthen cooperation between the communities, local authorities and the local business community. In addition, the slum residents learn through information campaigns and trainings how they can set up and manage good facilities such as drinking water points, toilets and showers. They also learn to point out responsibilities to the local government. Women and young people in particular are supported by employment creation trough management of these services.

Schoon water een zaak voor iedereen - Amref en MADE BLUE


  • Providing Training and information on hygiene to residents of slums and children in schools;
  • The creation and expansion of facilities for clean drinking water and sewage in slums and schools using local partners;
  • Motivating and supporting women and young people to successfully set up and maintain businesses around clean water, sanitation and hygiene.
  • Training and support to government personnel for better management of water and sanitation services, cooperation with industry, and the involvement of citizens in decision-making.