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Water and Sanitation

In order to prevent another outbreak of cholera and promote public health in Zimbabwe, International Medical Corps worked with the local MoH and Child Welfare structures to identify three districts and priority target zones in Mashonaland Central Province and initiate an innovative pilot program to provide drinking water to 600 households. Using local materials, we constructed bio-sand filters that can produce up to 240 liters per day of clean water that is 95-percent bacteria-free and 100-percent parasite-free. These bio-sand filters can function for up to 10 years before needing replacement, which can be done using local materials at minimal cost.

Similarly, International Medical Corps is implementing a (WASH) program that uses the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach to catalyze positive behavior change and strengthen capacity in five districts in Mashonaland Central Province. The program focuses on developing buy-in and promoting WASH curricula in schools, clinics, and communities; ensuring proper use and maintenance of latrines; and strengthening community hygiene promotion. In tandem with the WASH programs, International Medical Corps has distributed hygiene items such as soap, water containers, purification tablets, and oral rehydration salts in an effort to prevent cholera.

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