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5 Ways UNICEF Improves Access to Clean Water

— This month, the UNICEF Tap Project is challenging you to put down your phone to help provide water to a child in need. You might be wondering, how exactly does UNICEF help? Since 1990, UNICEF has helped more than 2 billion people gain access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation. Here’s how. 1. Promoting good […]

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Infographic: UNICEF Delivers Clean Water

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— We’re excited to welcome the UNICEF Water Team at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF today. Five representatives from UNICEF’s New York Headquarters will present their work on water, sanitation and hygiene. Here’s a look at why access to clean water is so important and how UNICEF is helping.

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Raising Awareness about Proper Sanitation

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— It’s hard to imagine not having a toilet. But about 2.5 billion people around the world do not even have a basic pit latrine. And not having a toilet is a much bigger problem than just the lack of comfort and convenience. UNICEF estimates that 2 million children die every year from pneumonia and diarrhea—and these two illnesses can be largely prevented with safe drinking water and improved sanitation and hygiene. Without proper toilets, water and the environment become contaminated, and diseases like diarrhea spread more rapidly. Having a toilet, along with improving sanitation practices such as handwashing, can keep children alive.

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Celebrate Global Handwashing Day!

A 10-year-old girl washes her hands with soap outside a sanitary latrine at Satrashia Government Primary School at Muktagasa, Mymensingh, in Bangladesh. © UNICEF/BANA2011-00854/Haque

— Global Handwashing Day is a day started five years ago to promote and raise awareness about one of the easiest, yet most important, hygiene practices. Handwashing is a simple thing most of us do every day, but washing hands actually saves lives. Each year, diarrheal diseases and pneumonia kill almost 3.5 million children under five in developing countries. Our hands are the principal carriers of disease-causing germs, and if widely practiced, it is estimated that handwashing with soap could avert 1 million of those deaths.
That’s why the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing, founded by UNICEF and other partners, is encouraging the world to help promote handwashing with soap.

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Simple strategies can prevent children’s deaths from pneumonia and diarrhea

Jenny, 2, lies in bed with a respiratory infection in the paediatric ward of National Referral Hospital in Honiara, on Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands. UNICEF supports the hospital with training and supplies. © UNICEF/NYHQ2006-2556/Giacomo Pirozzi

— Over these past few weeks we have been gathering momentum as we continue our work towards the goal to end the deaths of children from preventable causes. One example of the enormous potential we have for saving children’s lives is in the prevention of pneumonia and diarrhea—the two primary killers of children under five. UNICEF recently released a report outlining effective prevention and treatment strategies for both illnesses. Here are some of the strategies UNICEF uses to save lives.

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UNICEF Supply Division: Delivering life saving goods to Haiti

Despite the challenges, efforts are underway to unload and deliver UNICEF emergency supplies and equipment that arrived in Port-au-Prince by plane in the early hours of January 15th. This first UNICEF shipment included water tanks, water purification tablets and rehydration salts, in addition to telecommunications and computer equipment.

Two more planes loaded with relief are planned for the weekend, carrying some 70 metric tons of tents, tarpaulin, and medicine.

Clean water and sanitation are among the most important emergency relief needs following most emergencies, in particular to protect against the serious health risks posed by diarrheal infections and diseases.

100 percent of your donation is being used to provide these and other life saving goods and services to the people of Haiti. Please continue to support UNICEF, make a donation today!

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