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.
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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