Sanitation and Hygiene Services Contribute to Long-Lasting Improvements
NEW YORK— WaterAid, a leading international non-profit
dedicated to making clean water and toilets accessible for the world’s poorest
people, announced today that it is joining forces with The
“We are delighted to partner with The
WaterAid and Coca-Cola will work with the local community and water utility in Burkina Faso to extend existing water pipelines and install new water points that provide residents with clean, treated drinking water. This will help residents reduce the risk of contracting waterborne diseases that are highly prevalent in the area, such as bacterial diarrhea, Hepatitis A and Typhoid fever. It will also reduce the staggering amount of time that women and girls spend walking to get water each day, and open up the possibility for them to instead use the time to attend school, earn an income, or care for their children and families.
“Through our Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), we are
committed to helping provide sustained safe water access to 2 million people in
Africa by 2015,” said William Asiko, president, The
In Ethiopia, Coca Cola and WaterAid will help provide safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services to the Dita and Kemba Districts of the vast, impoverished Gamo-Gofa zone in the southern part of the country. Water and sanitation-related diseases are rampant in these two districts due to severe seasonal water shortages, the absence of perennial rivers, little surface water and high soil degradation. The Gamo-Gofa highlands, with rugged mountainous terrain, have limited road networks, resulting in water supply coverage for these two districts as low as 5 percent.
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For more information, please contact:
Alanna Imbach, Media & Communications Officer, WaterAid America
Direct line: 212.683.0430 ext 224 / Mobile phone: 917.209.8823
WaterAid is an international non-profit organization that transforms lives by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education in 27 of the world's poorest countries. To learn more about WaterAid, please visit: www.wateraidamerica.org or follow WaterAid on Twitter @WaterAidAmerica.
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