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Action Against Hunger has honed its expertise in water, sanitation & hygiene programs over the past three decades and has advanced a number of solutions for populations at risk of water insecurity. We truck water into affected communities during emergencies, decontaminate wells, and install handpumps. Employing sophisticated geophysics, we locate water resources, drill boreholes, dig wells, and tap aquifers. We protect natural springs and pipe water into villages and health centers. And we rehabilitate damaged infrastructure to ensure access to adequate sources of clean water. Our ability to deliver clean water is central to our comprehensive solutions to hunger and malnutrition. Sanitation and hygiene programs
are of equal importance, as entire communities can become ill when these areas are neglected. For example, outbreaks of cholera and dysentery— infectious diseases that complicate malnutrition with life-threatening diarrhea and dehydration—frequently attack communities that drink and wash with contaminated water. In response, Action Against Hunger builds latrines and introduces basic sanitation infrastructure. As a UN report laments: “That 2.6 billion people around the world are forced to defecate in plastic bags, buckets, open pits, agricultural fields, and public areas in their communities should generate a collective outcry for immediate, concerted efforts to expand access to improved sanitation
facilities.” Action Against Hunger ensures that communities benefit from improvements in sanitation, health, and hygiene. Our programs’ long-term benefits, however, would be hard to sustain without a painstaking commitment to community participation. Developing and extending water and sanitation services involve much more than quick technical fixes. A communitycentered approach is central to building local capacity and harnessing a population’s participation, sense of ownership, energy and resources. By organizing and training communitybased water committees, we ensure local commitment to managing and maintaining the systems we rehabilitate and install. In our campaign to end
EVERY DAY 4,000 CHILDREN DIE FROM ILLNESSES CAUSED BY POOR SANITATION AND DIRTY WATER.
We organize and train water committees to manage the water systems we rehabilitate and install.
Our emergency interventions ensure access to clean water, a first line of defense in mitigating a natural disaster.
In addressing malnutrition, clean water is as essential as food, but only by cultivating local expertise can we ensure its sustainability.
This page, from left: ACF-Uganda, courtesy T. Frank; ACF-Southern Sudan, courtesy J. Seagle/Counterpart Images; ACF-Guatemala
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