Recently we were honored to have Dow Chemical sponsor us to deliver a keynote speech at The Conference Board in Boston. We were asked to speak about the importance of clean water and the socially innovative product of WaterBrick to a group of about 100 people that managed corporate giving programs of some of the largest U.S. companies and we got to meet again with GlobalGiving there as well.
One of the biggest questions we get asked by many people is, "How did WaterBrick get started?" and we were asked that again at this conference. Since the speech was filmed, we thought we would share our story at http://youtu.be/XGGHGuPekrc; helping others was and is our primary mission.
The second part of my speech, not in the above, is equally important, partners like YOU, Dow Chemical and GlobalGiving. Some of you participated with us through your employee contributions from companies like Dell, Nike, Discovery, Colehaan, Converse, Capital One and others; we noticed.
While our work in Haiti is having a big impact, the Cholera epidemic is spreading and mutating. Cholera will be with Haiti for the next decade or longer if we don't do something more. It is spreading to nearby islands and now to South Florida. It is mutating causing people to get reinfected. If we want Haiti to begin to take care of themselves, they have to overcome water-borne disease so they can start rebuilding their lives.
Thank you for your help. We appreciate your continued involvement either through donations or partnerships. You can reach us at 877-420-WATER if you have any questions or ideas.
Clean water is a luxury currently impacting 2 billion people in the world. In Haiti, cholera has claimed the lives of over 7,000 people and it has been estimated that 250,000 Haitians may contract cholera this year alone. Jean-Michel Cousteau stated that cholera can spread through the coral reefs and already cholera has spread to the Domican Republic, Cuba and South Florida. Meanwhile plastic waste is creating environmental disasters the size of Texas in the Pacific ocean and in many places around the world.
Jean-Michel recently discussed how these 2 different social problems could be aided in part by socially innovative products like WaterBrick. How can you help? Check out Jean-Michel's video link attached and help us continue to help those in need in Haiti by contributing and sharing our mission with family, friends and colleagues. If there are other ways you can help, call us at 877-420-9283.
December 1, 2011 (Grand’Anse, Haiti) – Wendell Adams, founder of WaterBrick International joined Dr. Michael McDonald, the Coordinator for Haiti MPHISE and the President & Executive Director of Global Health Initiatives, Inc., and numerous other teams members focusing on presenting a sustainable solution to their water filtration, water storage and overall initiative to stop the spread of the Cholera epidemic. Numerous solutions were successfully demonstrated and well received by various local officials. See picture of one demonstration.
The feedback from these demonstrations was reported back to the U.S. Congressional sub-committee for Haiti by Dr. McDonald on December 7, 2011 and was well received.
MPHISE and WaterBrick: Haiti Cholera Epidemic Update
January 17, 2012 (Grand’Anse, Haiti) - The cholera epidemic in the Pestel commune in Grand’Anse has produced a significant and growing number of severe Cholera cases resulting in death. This specific cholera outbreak is concentrated in the mountain region above the town of Pestel and has gained recognition of several aid organizations. MPHISE is currently organizing a Phase II Cholera Epidemic Management Initiative working to turn around a moribund “hospital” in Pestel.
According to Dr. Michael McDonald, “the number of people being infected has also dropped significantly along with the mild cases of diarrhea (and potential mild cholera cases), due to household water purification and safe water storage due to WaterBrick water containers. WaterBrick water containers have a critical role to play in this element of the Phase II interventions.”
Dr. McDonald continues by saying, “Unless the Phase II Cholera Epidemic Management Initiative can be engaged sustainably country-wide, Haiti will continue to fail to manage its deadly epidemic. Easily a million more Haitians could be infected and thousands of lives lost in the fourth, fifth, and sixth waves of the epidemic, if the same epidemic management and governance approaches that were used in the first three waves of the epidemic continue.”
Dow Chemical and WaterBrick: Helping MPHISE with Cholera Treatment Test Pilots
February 3, 2012 (Grand’Anse, Haiti) – The MPHISE Phase II Cholera Epidemic Management Initiative has recently started four new Cholera Treatment Centers in the mountainous villages above Pestel. WaterBrick International is partnering with Dow Chemical to produce WaterBrick containers for these four villages that will be used as a model for a larger scale initiative for the entire country. Dow will be funding resin for the test pilot to produce these WaterBrick containers and continue with our shared humanitarian efforts.
According to Joe Loeffler, the Vice President with Dow Chemical, “…we are confident that very good WaterBricks can be made from this resin to service the needs of getting clean water to areas of need.”
WaterBrick International will continue to work with Dow Chemical to support the MPHISE Phase II Initiative and stop the spread of Cholera in Haiti.
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