Leaving No One Behind
by Kristen Pelletier
Leaving No One Behind is the theme of World Water Day 2019, which was observed on March 22, 2019. This day is an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, spread information, and take action to make clean water accessible world wide.
World Water Day is about tackling the water crisis and helping the billions of people around the world who are still lacking access to safe, clean drinking water. Access to clean waters a human right, however worldwide over 2.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water in their homes. Marginalized groups such as women, children, indigenous peoples, and refugees often face added difficulty in gaining access to water.
One of GlobalMedic’s core programs is the delivery of clean water to people recovering from disaster and conflict. Clean water is by far the most important element of the majority of our Responses.
Why Water? It is far more effective to prevent illness than it into treat it, and much more cost-efficient as well. By providing clean drinking water to families in crisis GlobalMedic has helped save lives and prevented illness for thousands.
One of the countries where GlobalMedic has been responding is Yemen. According to the UN, after four years of conflict, the humanitarian crisis in Yemen is one of the worst in the world. With over 80% of the population requiring some sort of humanitarian assistance and protection, the country has fallen into a water crisis. Already a water scarce nation prior to the conflict, today 19.3 million Yemenis do not have access to clean drinking water. As a result of this shortage, cholera outbreaks have been rampant throughout the country since 2016. 108,889 suspected cases of cholera and 109 associated deaths were recorded in Yemen between January 1 and March 17, 2019.
This year on World Water Day, GlobalMedic volunteers worked to pack 1,440 Family Emergency Kits. These kits included a Rainfresh Household Water Purification unit that can provide safe, clean drinking water for up to one year. The kits also included essential hygiene items to help families stay clean and healthy, and a solar light.
GlobalMedic will continue to respond in Yemen and around to world to bring safe, clean drinking water in an efficient and effective manner to as many people as possible.