A fragile peace may have settled over the forested hills and valleys surrounding Gaga, but people are reminded of the horror that took place here each day when they go about the most mundane of routines: fetching water.
"I am moved by the fact that a child dies every two and a half minutes from diseases linked to open defecation. Those are silent deaths – not reported on in the media, not the subject of public debate. Let's not remain silent any longer" UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson (May 2014)
The world is facing the largest-ever Ebola outbreak as the deadly virus punches its way across three Western African countries, spread through contact with an infected person’s blood or other bodily fluids. But that is not the only way the disease is transferred from one person to another.
Doge Laroso, Ethiopia –The child simply couldn’t get well. He was just over three years old, and his mother had taken him to every health clinic she could find, but for nearly a year, he hadn’t been able to shake the dysentery. He was malnourished, often dehydrated, sometimes curled in pain.
Many of you probably don’t remember, but last summer residents of Prince George’s County, Md. prepared to go without water for three days. “In Prince George's County, 100,000 To Go without Water during Main Repairs,” one headline read. “Prince George's Residents Stockpile Water Ahead of Outage,” read another.
This morning 156,394 pounds of relief supplies headed to Bamako, Mali as part of InterAction members’ ongoing effort to address the crisis in the Sahel. The global logistics company, UPS, coordinated the effort which brought food, shelter, medical supplies and water purification kits to the Sahel.
These water purification kits will help NGOs address the cholera outbreak in Mali. According to an August 14 OCHA report, there are 140 recorded cases of cholera in Mali, with 11 deaths.
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