Emergency WASH Response in Africa with the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance | 2014–2019
In times of crisis, whether natural or conflict-induced, affected communities are more susceptible to illness and death from waterborne diseases, such as diarrhea and cholera, caused by a lack of safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene.
Emergency Water Grants in Afghanistan | 2015–2017
Afghanistan is extremely prone to disasters, both natural and man-made. When disaster strikes, one of the most urgent tasks for emergency responders is to restore access to safe drinking water. Clean water staves off waterborne disease outbreaks, such as cholera, that often follow crises.
Partnering for Adaptation and Resilience (PARA-Agua) | 2013–2017
Climate change has negatively impacted water resources and ecosystems in many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean. In Peru and Colombia, rising temperatures and extreme hydrologic events such as prolonged drought and heavy flooding put livelihoods in downstream communities at risk.
Disaster risk reduction encompasses efforts to prevent or mitigate damage inflicted by earthquakes, floods, droughts, and storms.
As the single largest provider of humanitarian assistance in South Sudan, the United States has been a leader in working to put an end to the crisis — and helping its people. USAID Administrator Mark Green visited the country in September, calling on President Salva Kiir to acknowledge and address the humanitarian crisis, and meeting with internally displaced persons (IDPs). Later that month, the U.S.
In late 2016, much of South America’s Pacific coast experienced a severe drought that destroyed crops and impacted livestock. By the end of November, Bolivia had declared a state of emergency. Wildfires raged in Peru, and parts of Colombia were suffering from a lack of food and potable water. Relief finally came in January with the onset of the rainy season — only the rains didn’t stop. By April, massive floods had caused widespread destruction throughout the region. Peru experienced its worst flooding in decades.
To address the need for safe drinking water in Mahaut, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) funded the non-governmental organization Samaritan’s Purse to establish a temporary water treatment plant to provide hurricane-affected families with safe drinking water.
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