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The Oxfam Water for Survival programme supports work to provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene education in some of the world's poorest regions.

The Oxfam Water for Survival Programme is committed to providing long-term help to communities around the world without safe water and sanitation

The programme shifted focus in recent years, moving to the Pacific and Southeast Asia as part of Oxfam New Zealand's increasing focus on poverty in our neighbourhood.

Oxfam is currently supporting long-term projects in:

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea ranks among the bottom ten countries for having clean, safe water and sanitation. Despite having one of the highest rainfalls in the world, less than 10 per cent of people living in the Highlands have access to safe water and even fewer have access to sanitation. Waterways are often polluted with sewage or residue from coffee processing or mining in the area.


Many children in Bougainville die needlessly. The majority die from preventable diseases caused by unclean water and sanitation. Water sources are often streams contaminated with human and animal waste. This means that water-borne diseases and cases of severe diarrhoea are common. The tragedy is that Bougainville, a very poor island province of Papua New Guinea, has one of the highest rainfalls in the world, yet less than 10 per cent of the population has access to clean, safe water.


In the rural areas of Vanuatu, most people have only intermittent access to safe water and very few have any sanitation. Faced with rapid population growth and urban migration, there is an urgent need to develop sustainable water practices.