How is ADRA helping provide clean water?
ADRA incorporates WASH programming in both its emergency and development assistance work around the world. These programs help people and many families who need safe water, access to adequate sanitation, and proper hygiene to be healthy and lead lives of dignity.
But wait…what is WASH?
In the humanitarian industry, WASH is an acronym for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene.
Water: Access to clean water is essential for maintaining good health and preventing waterborne diseases. Lack of access to clean water can lead to illnesses such as diarrhea, cholera, and typhoid, which can be fatal. Having access to clean water also saves time and effort spent on collecting and transporting water from distant sources.
Sanitation: Sanitation is critical to preventing the spread of disease and maintaining personal hygiene. Adequate sanitation facilities, such as toilets, can prevent the contamination of water sources and reduce the risk of waterborne diseases. Lack of sanitation facilities can also lead to poor menstrual hygiene management, which can negatively impact women’s health and well-being.
Hygiene: Good hygiene practices, such as washing hands with soap and water, can prevent the spread of diseases and improve overall health. Lack of access to hygiene facilities and education can lead to poor hygiene practices, which can lead to illnesses and infections.
By improving access to WASH facilities and education, individuals can live dignified lives with improved health and well-being. This can also lead to increased economic opportunities and reduced poverty, as individuals can spend less time and resources on healthcare and water collection.