The COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve and affect millions of the most under-resourced and vulnerable populations across the globe. In East Africa, and much of the developing world, there is a lack of reliable, accurate health information on how to prevent the spread of the virus. In addition, many doctors and nurses in these areas do not have access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) solutions that enable them to care for their patients.
Dr. Delila Moshi, MD, chief physician at the Mnazi Moja Hospital in Tanzania, speaks about the impact of safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions on healthcare ... Read More
A significant factor contributing to the global threat of COVID-19, particularly in least developed countries, is inadequate and unreliable access to clean, safe water. Water is essential for handwashing and caring for people who are ill. Without it, prevention and control of the spread of infectious diseases both in the home and in healthcare facilities is virtually impossible.
At Water Mission, we’re continuing our COVID-19 response to provide safe water, hand washing stations, and hygiene training with a focus on preventing the spread of the virus across hundreds of communities, healthcare facilities and refugee camps spanning nine countries.
As of today, we are providing safe water on a daily basis to 1.7 million people in ... Read More
Originally published in WASH in Healthcare Facilities, a publication by the World Health Organization and UNICEF, on March 28, 2019. The article has been edited to address health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2014, amid the Ebola outbreak, doctors and nurses did not have reliable, accessible safe water in places like Liberia. The same is true now for medical professionals in developing countries. Many of them are caring for the sick in under-resourced and overrun healthcare facilities amid an unprecedented health crisis. In areas reported to be affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), doctors and nurses lack reliable, accessible safe water.
To aid them in ... Read More
From high infant and mother mortality rates to inflated household expenses, the effects of the global water crisis are costly and far-reaching. Across the world, 2,100,000,000 people bear the physical, financial, social, and emotional costs of the lack of access to clean, safe water:
1 – The global water crisis costs lives.
One person dies every 37 seconds from a water-related illness. This includes the 297,000 children under five who die annually from diseases caused by unsafe water or poor sanitation and hygiene practices.
2 – The global water crisis costs money.
Without a local safe water solution, residents in Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico, ... Read More
Imagine that before you could feed your children, go to work, and run your errands, you had to walk several miles to collect water for your daily needs. How would this mundane, time-consuming chore impact your daily routine? And what if the water you gathered was dirty and unsafe, making you, your children, and community sick?
To Jaina, a 58-year-old mother in Tanzania, this story is a familiar one. Before Water Mission installed a safe water solution in her community, Jaina was burdened by strenuous walks for water and her family suffered from waterborne illnesses. Daily life was disrupted by the lack of a basic resource.
If you prayed, volunteered your time, gave a gift, or supported Water Mission in other ways throughout the past year, then you helped us serve more than 600,000 people with safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions in 2019.
Together, we were the hands and feet of Christ. We…
completed safe water projects in 182 communities and 20 countries,
provided desperately needed safe water to survivors of natural disasters,
traveled to rural areas around the world to install sustainable safe water and sanitation systems,
and helped refugees fleeing violence and persecution.
We are so grateful for God’s blessings and your support this year. Before we turn the page on 2019, ... Read More