Nursing staff walk past a container of drinking water at the Mlali Health Center in Tanzania. A recent WaterAid project to build a water storeage tank at the center now provides it with a supply of clean water. Photo by: Eliza Deacon / WaterAid

Sometimes people miss the obvious. But when it comes to global development, forgetting to address the basics can prove fatal.

This is what the World Health Organization, WaterAid, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and other aid partners argued when last month they launched a report into how the lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene in birth settings is killing mothers and newborns in the developing world.

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    Gabriella Jóźwiak

    Gabriella Jóźwiak is an award-winning journalist based in London. Her work on issues and policies affecting children and young people in developing countries and the U.K. has been published in national newspapers and magazines. Having worked in-house for domestic and international development charities, Jóźwiak has a keen interest in organizational development, and has worked as a journalist in several countries across West Africa and South America.