WATER, SANITATION & HYGIENE
Without clean water and sanitation, public health cannot be achieved. As a result, International Medical Corps incorporates water and sanitation into our community-based programs so that public health is not only possible, but sustainable – especially in devastated health systems like in Haiti. Since the earthquake, we have constructed latrines and showers so Haitians living in tent cities can maintain hygiene conditions. We have also distributed hygiene kits and bars of soap to needy families. In addition, our local water and sanitation experts provide hygiene and sanitation education throughout Haiti.
As cholera is a waterborne illness, since the outbreak, our teams have been distributing water purification tablets and educating locals on proper hygiene methods to prevent the further spread of the disease.