Deadly Water – Fighting to Provide Clean Water in Haiti

Rory Wehrlie February 16, 2012
Deadly Water – Fighting to Provide Clean Water in Haiti

This is a Guest Author Post by Jackie Bird from Epic Timepieces, a watch company with philanthropy at its core.  Epic enables people to join the fight against the water crisis by providing clean water to a person in a developing country for an entire year for every Epic timepiece sold.  Learn more about Guest Author Posts and how to submit your own article here.

It’s hard to imagine a life in which clean water is not readily available. Yet for 1 in every 8 people in the world that is a reality. These people are real and every day they risk sickness and death with every sip of water that they drink.

Clean Water Haiti

Reality for these people is a world in which every 19 seconds they loose one of their children to a water-borne disease. Reality is having no choice but to collect their drinking water from the same polluted river where the community bathes themselves AND their livestock. Reality is the continual fear of becoming infected with Cholera, one of the deadliest water-borne diseases.

Cholera is a highly infectious disease of the small intestine that can kill its victims in less than three hours. According to the World Health Association (WHO), every year it’s estimated that there are 3 to 5 million cases of cholera worldwide, with 100,000 to 120,000 of the cases resulting in death.

Treatment for Cholera is simple; timely administration of oral or IV rehydration salts to replace lost fluids. However, many people in developing countries do not have access to these basic necessities and are unable to travel to a cholera clinic in time to prevent death.

Haiti Distribution

One country in which cholera is thriving is Haiti. Prior to their 2010 earthquake, cholera did not exist in Haiti. Many suspect that infected UN relief workers brought cholera to the country unintentionally in October of 2010. The disease took root in tent cities where over 1 million Haitians took refuge following the earthquake. Lack of sanitation and latrines acted as a springboard for the disease.

According to Jon Andrus, deputy director of the Pan American Health Organization, health providers are reporting approximately 200 new cases of Cholera every day in Haiti. The numbers are expected to increase when their rainy season begins in April.

Together we can change the lives of people who suffer needlessly from water-borne disease. Make a decision. Join the Epic Movement and unite in the fight against the water crisis!

Jeff and Jackie Bird co-founded Epic Timepieces shortly after a trip the couple made to help with disaster relief in Haiti subsequent to the 7.0 earthquake. They returned with a passion to empower everyday people like themselves with a platform for change.  Learn more about Guest Author Posts and how to submit your own article here.

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