Water, Sanitation, Hygiene & Health

Every person has the right to live in a safe and hygienic environment.

We believe that progress depends on identifying and addressing chronic community health concerns.

Preventable illness burdens urban and rural communities across the world at a staggering rate. Children often suffer the most serious and long-lasting effects from chronic, preventable health conditions. These illnesses are often water-borne, mosquito-borne, respiratory, or are related to inadequate sanitation and hygiene practices.

The good news is that we can still reverse a lot of health damage that has already occurred and eliminate other preventable problems before they arise by addressing specific symptoms and environments as well as the behavior of each community. We always work to first resolve the immediate symptoms and illness (if possible), followed by topical health education efforts and careful process and collaboration to design the most effective, culturally relevant long-term resolution. These interventions have a major impact on the health and finances of whole families and communities.

  • Water Treatment and Filtration: hlorination tablets and simple water filtration systems reduce the risk of preventable waterborne illness like cholera, typhoid, and chronic diarrhea.
  • Health Clinics: Provide important health education, testing, treatment and referral opportunities to communities and orphanages that have little or no access to healthcare.
  • De-worming: Rids children of parasitic worms, which helps them to absorb nutrients better and improves school enrollment and attendance.
  • Mosquito Nets: Treated mosquito nets reduce the incidence of malaria and dengue fever in communities and orphanages.
  • Hygiene Kits: Toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, feminine care products, and other basic hygiene items, paired with health education, help to reduce preventable illness.
  • Safe, Energy-Efficient Stoves: Modified traditional cook stoves significantly reduce high rates of chronic respiratory illness and burn incidents – especially in women and children. They are significantly more efficient – reducing environmental degradation as well as the time it takes to cook and collect wood.
  • Improved Bathroom Facilities: Installing new and improved bathrooms in places that need it most is one of our health priorities. This includes different toilet designs – including safe pit-latrines, flush toilets and composting toilets depending on the best option for each situation. The goal is to ensure that human waste is being captured and managed properly.

Did you know?

An estimated 801,000 children younger than 5 years of age perish from diarrhea each year, mostly in developing countries. This amounts to 2,200 children dying every day as a result of diarrheal diseases.(Center for Disease Control (CDC)

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