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Feature The BMJ Appeal Christmas 2019

The BMJ Appeal Christmas 2019: How WaterAid is bringing a sanitation revolution to all

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 09 January 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:l7082
  1. Jane Feinmann, freelance journalist
  1. London, UK
  1. jane{at}

WaterAid brings clean water, sanitation, and better hygiene to the world’s most vulnerable people, which is why we’ve chosen the charity for The BMJ’s Christmas appeal this year, writes Jane Feinmann. Please give generously

In a 2007 poll 11 300 BMJ readers voted on the greatest medical advance since the journal was launched in 1840. They chose the 19th century “sanitary revolution” that brought piped water to people’s homes and sewers rinsed by water.1

However, more than 150 years after the UK’s sanitary revolution, two billion people in low income countries lack toilets, 673 million still defecate in the open, and 2.2 billion do not have safe drinking water.2 This year The BMJ’s 2019 Christmas appeal is offering the journal’s readers the opportunity to support WaterAid, the …

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