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Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH)

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH)
2.5 billion people face constant health risks because they lack access to safe sanitation.

Life-giving water, life-saving relief.

Water is the drink of life. We know we need it to survive. But when water is contaminated, it can become deadly to drink. Unsafe sanitation facilities and poor hygiene practices also lead to life-threatening diseases.

When crisis strikes, health risks multiply. Floods contaminate water sources. Wells are destroyed. Conflicts force people to flee to places without safe water or latrines. Some remote communities have never even had safe drinking water, latrines, or the knowledge about simple hygiene practices to protect their families from harm.

Medair provides water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) because WASH saves lives. Few things are more important for protecting public health.

How Medair makes a difference:

  • We send teams of engineers, hydrologists, and other WASH specialists to assess needs and create specific solutions for each community.
  • We improve access to safe drinking water through wells, boreholes, spring protection, rainwater harvesting, and other methods as appropriate.
  • We build latrines and handwashing stations while also motivating communities to maximise health benefits by improving their own sanitation facilities.
  • We educate families on hygiene practices that prevent diarrhoeal disease, including handwashing, safe water collection and storage, and waste disposal.
  • We work alongside community members and provide training and capacity building with the aim of ensuring the transfer of skills and the impact of our work after we leave.

Medair’s WASH projects not only save lives, they also provide more time for living. When water access is close to home, women and children no longer have to spend hours a day carrying water. Instead they use their newfound time to care for their families, study for school, or earn an income. Latrines also give privacy, offering dignity and security to women and girls in particular.

WASH brings improved health and new opportunities. WASH gives devastated communities a fresh start. Help us bring WASH to more communities. Take action today.

28 July | Mama Eunice on her way to a break from work in Ganyiel, treating malnutrition with the emergency team. #SouthSudan pic.twitter.com/XV2toS20m3

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The world’s devastated and remote places

The world’s devastated and remote places

We bring relief to neglected communities affected by natural disaster, conflict, and other crises.