Over three-quarters of a billion people lack access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion are without even basic sanitation facilities. Consequently, roughly half the hospital beds in the developing world are occupied by people suffering from water and sanitation-related diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, pneumonia, eye and skin infections, and malaria.
International Medical Corps incorporates water and sanitation into all of our community-based programs so that public health is not only possible, but sustainable. Our projects teach people how to prevent cholera and other diseases, by building latrines, hand washing stations, and waste disposal systems across urban and rural locations. Our hygiene trainings help community members form healthy habits that last a lifetime and are passed down to future generations. In our disaster response work we also aim to prevent outbreaks of cholera, as we are currently doing in Nepal.
Most cholera cases — 80 percent — are treated through oral rehydration salts (ORS), which help reverse dehydration and restore potassium levels following the onset of acute diarrhea. The most severe cases, in which the patient is extremely dehydrated, can be treated through intravenous (IV) fluids and antibiotics.
We are currently working on water projects in Nepal, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Iraq, Haiti, Somalia, and Kenya.
About International Medical Corps
Since 1984, International Medical Corps has helped tens of millions of people in over 70 countries, delivering emergency relief and training valued at $2 billion.
A preeminent First Responder, we provide emergency relief often within hours to those hit by disaster, no matter where they are, no matter what the conditions. Our teams have responded to a roll call of major crises over the last 30 years, including Afghanistan, Rwanda, the Balkans, Darfur, Haiti, Japan, Iraq, Syria and the Philippines. In many of these places we remain, helping communities along the path from relief to self-reliance.