As a result of lack of accessible clean water, 1.8 million people die every year from diarrheal diseases. Ninety-percent of these deaths are children under five years old.
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International Medical Corps (IMC) works with local Iraqi government authorities to restore derelict urban water and sanitation systems. In Ramadi, they restored both a water treatment plant and distribution system that had been operating at about 10% of capacity. More than half the 100,000 local residents who depended on the system for their basic needs received no water at all.

In the eastern city of Amarah, IMC rehabilitated a sewage treatment plant that had been stripped bare by looters in the aftermath of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. As a result, the sewage network serving about 150,000 people emptied untreated waste water into the Tigris River, a main source of drinking water. IMC's restoration work dramatically reduced the levels of diarrhea, typhoid, and cholera caused by polluted water.

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