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Water Is Life: Combatting Cholera in Haiti

Categories: diarrhea, water

Kathy MiddletonAt the small water point in Trianon, Haiti, you can see a crowd gather. Here, as at many such sites across the country, locals wait their turn to fill buckets for drinking, washing and cooking – proving the adage that no matter where you are in the world, water is life. So when a deadly outbreak of cholera struck the island in 2010, the need for clean, safe water became one of our paramount priorities.

In Haiti alone, almost 8,000 people have died as a result of cholera, an illness that is often transmitted through contaminated water. Providing safe drinking water is essential in reducing the risk of cholera and other waterborne diseases.

Safe Water Saves Lives: World Water Day 2013

Categories: child health, diarrhea, HIV/AIDS, water


Michael Beach, PhD, Associate Director for Healthy Water, NCEZID

Michael Beach, PhD, Associate Director for Healthy Water, NCEZID

What if we lost 32 school buses full of children today? That’s 2,195 children—the number who die daily of diarrhea around the world. That’s more than die from AIDS, malaria, and measles combined. 

As World Water Day approaches on March 22, we should consider water’s role in those deaths—and what we can do to prevent them. About 88% of diarrhea-associated deaths are attributable to unsafe water, inadequate sanitation, and insufficient hygiene. Yet most diarrheal deaths are preventable using simple, low-cost interventions. 

Diarrhea: common illness, global killer

Diarrheal diseases account for 1 in 9 child deaths worldwide, making diarrhea the second leading cause of death among children under the age of 5. For children with HIV, diarrhea is even more deadly; the death rate for these children is 11 times higher than the rate for children without HIV.

Child Survival Summit: A time to reflect on global progress and challenges ahead

Categories: child health, diarrhea, HIV/AIDS, immunization, malaria, measles, parasitic diseases, women's/maternal health

Dr. Kevin De Cock, Director of Center for Global Health

Dr. Kevin De Cock, Director of Center for Global Health

Improvements in child health are a major focus of the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Targets set for 2015 are rapidly approaching, and, much remains to be done to achieve reductions in child mortality. This week’s Child Survival Call to Action in Washington, DC (June 14-15) will address progress achieved and challenges ahead ( International NGOs, representatives of US Government global health programs, and ministers of health from around the world will gather to discuss strategies to advance child survival goals. 

CDC’s global health programs have contributed significantly to accomplishments related to child survival.  The  breadth and depth of CDC’s expertise in child health stems from both its domestic and global work. With CDC offices in over 40 countries, our strong partnerships with ministries of health are critical to achieve goals associated with child health. The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
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