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.

Extreme poverty coupled with lack of access to clean water, decent sanitation, good hygiene practices and poor education are the most common root causes of widespread hunger and malnutrition throughout the world. 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.
HRI is actively implementing a holistic approach to tackle these contributing factors as we strive to eliminate hunger and malnutrition. HRI meal programs, combined with medical support, access to clean water and education, and trainings on nutrition, sanitation and hygiene ensure people no longer suffer from the various effects of hunger and that they receive the basic nutrition they need to learn, grow and thrive.
  • Water Treatment and Filtration: Chlorination 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.

HRI’s Trifecta Approach: In order to best combat preventable illness in Guatemala, HRI provides water filters, modern latrines and safe cook-stoves all together. You can save one family by providing the Trifecta for $500.

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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