Many children in Vietnam lack access to water that is safe for both drinking and handwashing. Water that looks clean may still have bacteria that is invisible to the human eye that makes it unsafe for drinking, and causes illness and disease. Hygiene education in schools is also lacking and diseases such as diarrhea are common. MEDRIX creates a healthy future for Vietnamese kids by installing water filtration systems for drinking water and handwashing stations in preschools and primary schools.
Diarrhea remains a major cause of death for children 5 years and younger in developing countries, and approximately 9000 children die daily from diarrhea worldwide. A lack of access to water that is safe for drinking and washing directly causes disease and illness. Rural regions of Vietnam often lack access to safe water for preschools and primary schools to promote healthy living and hygiene education. Without soap and safe water, kids in Vietnam suffer from preventable illnesses like diarrhea.
MEDRIX donors and partners work together to sponsor water filtration systems and hand-washing stations in rural schools in Thua Thien-Hue province in Vietnam. The installation of the filtration system hardware is combined with education in proper hygiene and oral care in schools. Increased access to safe water means healthier kids and families! Healthy boys and girls will spend more time in school instead of home, and share their hand-washing knowledge with their families and younger siblings.
MEDRIX focuses on providing sustainable solutions and resources. The dedication of local Vietnamese officials who maintain existing water systems ensures that MEDRIX can focus on expanding water safety in the rural areas. Benefits continue far into the future and multiply exponentially as children bring their new found knowledge of safe water home to their families and encourage further hygiene education. MEDRIX has sponsored installation of 50 water systems in rural schools with high-poverty.