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Village women draw water from their well. (Sheila McKinnon photo)

"When Africare came in, a remarkable change began taking place. In the past, we drew water from dirty places and the incidence of water-borne disease was very high. Today, we are leading healthy lives."

Safe Water, Good Health

Unsafe water is a major cause of ill health in Africa. Excluding HIV/AIDS, as much as 80 percent of all illness in Africa is water borne. But clean and plentiful water, along with basic sanitation, can literally turn the situation around.

"When Africare came in, a remarkable change began taking place," observed the leader of one Malawian village where Africare had improved the water supply. "In the past, we drew water from dirty places and the incidence of water-borne disease was very high. Today, we can participate fully in all development activities, because we are leading healthy lives."

Africa-wide, wherever Africare builds a well, caps a natural spring or otherwise enhances the water supply, health benefits almost always ensue.

In addition, major Africare water programs in Malawi and many other African countries focus specifically on health. Wells and sanitation systems are built. Equally important, local people receive training in a variety of sanitation-related topics toward the goal of preventing water-borne illness over the long term.

 

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