Providing Clean Water Supplies for Families

A microproject by International Medical Corps

International Medical Corps, through the Clinton Global Initiative, committed to pilot 500 DayOne Waterbags over two years in disaster-prone communities such as Sudan, South Sudan, and Kenya, which routinely flood and are left without clean drinking water for weeks at a time. This effort will focus on training, user understanding, water quality performance measurement, and best device distribution methods.  The DayOne Waterbag - a ten liter water backpack - provides all four elements of municipal water supply: collection, transport, treatment, and protected storage. It is designed for use with Procter & Gamble's globally distributed flocculation-chlorination treatment packets - P&G's Purifier of Water packets.  

International Medical Corps committed to work with communities to stock Waterbags in households and community centers, to promote water and hygiene education through training with the Waterbag, and to evaluate different training methods. After a flood, its teams will evaluate correct use and compare health indicators affecting sanitation and hygiene. The DayOne Response team will develop protocols and distribution methods for the Waterbag; assist and support training methods; help evaluate community feedback and correct use for this pilot and in preparations for future disasters.  

This commitment continues. Internatonal Medical Corps, with DayOne Response, has focused its efforts on raising funds for the Waterbag pilot program. We thank our supports from GlobalGiving for their interest in these programs, and we hope you continue to track our progress with the DayOne Waterbag!

The DayOne Waterbag has the ability to alleviate one of the most serious problems facing disaster zones – clean water. The Waterbag, a simple, lightweight, easy-to-use solution, could be pre-positioned for vulnerable communities, preventing diseases such as cholera that could easily ravage an already vulnerable community.

International Medical Corps thanks you for your support to provide clean water in emergencies. Both International Medical Corps and DayOne Response continue to move forward with the Waterbag pilot project, expected to be completed in late 2014. With partners such as the Clinton Global Initiative and Procter & Gamble, International Medical Corps and DayOne Response look forward to the progression of our partnership. Please keep track of our water and sanitation efforts throughout the world here.

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International Medical Corps

Location: Los Angeles, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.internationalmedicalcorps.org
Project Leader:
Erica Tavares
Director, Resource Development
Washington, DC United States

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