Access to safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene—known collectively as WASH—boosts both the health and economic stability of communities. People residing in conflict-ridden and unstable areas are four times more likely to be deprived of clean drinking water compared to areas that are stable and free of armed conflict. And, when access to safe water is scarce, potentially fatal diseases often follow.
The Shefa Fund supports efforts in four governorates in Yemen to boost the access of vulnerable populations to clean drinking water, enhance hygiene practices, and improve the management of medical waste.
liters of clean water delivered to health facilities
handwashing facilities in health centers repaired or installed, benefiting 85,586 people
people reached through hygiene promotion activities
The Shefa Fund’s $1.4 million grant enabled International Medical Corps (IMC) to combat cholera by providing clean water tanks and pump systems to six health centers in Yemen. Handwashing facilities at these centers were repaired or installed, improving sanitation and medical waste management. Additionally, community health volunteers were trained in proper handwashing techniques to launch and implement a public awareness campaign, reaching over 87,000 people with hygiene promotion activities in coordination with local leaders and schools.
International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian aid organization established by doctors and nurses. They provide core health care services and trainings to communities impacted by war, natural disaster, and disease.
1 Banner, 2 Supporting WASH Access | Photo Credit Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation