Here is a video from GlobalMedic's mission in Somalia
The situation in relief camps in Somalia is desperate. Internally Displaced People (IDPs) have little access to food, clean water, shelter, and other basic needs. Of particular concern are the shortages of clean drinking water and the spread of waterborne diseases that seriously affect human health. In 2011 and 2012, the country faced increased outbreaks of cholera, diarrhoea, malaria, measles, and pneumonia. The most affected regions were the areas hosting IDP camps in the southern region. In camps where water is available, it is often untreated and ridden with dangerous bacteria. Children and elderly, already the most vulnerable in IDP camps, are especially susceptible to waterborne illnesses. The introduction of household water purification and filtration systems dramatically reduces these numbers and improves the dignity and well-being of the IDP camp as a whole. Without access to water filtration and purification systems, the situation for IDPs living in the camps will only deteriorate further, causing sickness and death among an already at risk population.
To help alleviate some of these problems, in May 2012, GlobalMedic implemented a program in Mogadishu with partners, ADRA Somalia and the Development Assistance Network (DAN). This program delivered and distributed 750 Rainfresh household water purification units to IDP’s in relief camps throughout the area of Banadir in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Building upon this project, GlobalMedic has shipped an additional 1,260 household Rainfresh water purification units that will provide approximately 8,820 beneficiaries with access to safe drinking water from virtually any source. The provision of clean drinking water will help to improve the overall health of people in the camps by reducing the spread of waterborne illnesses and related deaths. The Rainfresh units will provide families with access to clean drinking water at the household level for the next one year period, greatly enhancing the quality of life. GlobalMedic partnered again with ADRA Somalia and DAN to implement this program.
Several IDP camps in Mogadishu were targeted including: Heegan, Hiiran, Kaam Bulsho, Kaamka Bulan Baalis, Kaamka Caasho, Kaamka Danwadag, Kaamka Far Libaax, Kaamka Fatxi, Kaamka Hilal, Kaamka Nasri, Kaamka Ridwan, Kaamka Kulan, Kaamka Xamdi and Sicid 1 Camp. The 1,260 Rainfresh units have been distributed to beneficiary families and are now currently operational.