International Medical Corps has improved access to clean water for nearly 50,000 nomadic pastoralists in the remote, dry, northern district of Samburu, Kenya through a variety of activities such as establishing village water committees and constructing latrines.
Nearly 900 million people do not have access to safe water sources and approximately 2.5 billion - 39 percent of the world’s population - do not have adequate sanitation services. As a result, 1.8 million people die every year from diarrheal diseases. Ninety-percent of these deaths are children under five years old.
International Medical Corps incorporates water and sanitation into their community-based programs so that public health is not only possible, but sustainable. They build wells, latrines, and large-scale water treatment and waste management systems while also addressing commonly neglected sanitation systems, such as medical waste infrastructure and management. International Medical Corps also prioritizes hygiene promotion and education so that communities have the knowledge they need to better protect themselves from the threat of waterborne illness.
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