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Preventing diarrhea in developing countries : the CDC/Jolivert Safe Water for families project in rural Haiti
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    September 2005
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     An estimated 1.1 billion persons lack access to an improved water source. Hundreds of millions more drink contaminated water from improved sources because of unsafe water treatment and distribution systems and unsafe water storage and handling practices. The health consequences of inadequate water and sanitation services include an estimated 4 billion cases of diarrhea and 1.9 million deaths each year, mostly among young children in developing countries. The Safe Water System (SWS) is a water quality intervention proven to reduce diarrheal disease incidence in users by 22-84%. The SWS includes water treatment with chlorine solution at the point-of-use, storage of water in a safe container, and behavior change communication. The Jolivert Safe Water for Families (JSWF) Project is an in-home water purification project for families in northern Haiti that began in September 2002 with 200 pilot project families. The project is located at the Missions of Love (MOL) Clinic in Jolivert and sponsored by Deep Springs International (DSI). MOL and DSI are both faith-based organizations headquartered in the US. The village of Jolivert is located along the Les Trois Rivières, a river that runs about 60 kilometers from the middle of Haiti’s northern peninsula to the coast and into the sea near Port de Paix.
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