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Cleaning Wells to Save Lives

March 27, 2013

"Diarrhoeal diseases are the second leading cause of death among children under five years old in Madagascar. And now, as families resort to drinking from contaminated sources, cases of diarrhoea and water-related diseases are on the rise more than ever. Since the hurricane Action Against Hunger teams have been disinfecting wells across the affected communities to limit the risk of waterborne disease. With mounting concerns over their children's deteriorating health, Gauthier went to meet with the team as soon as he heard about their work in the region. Most families across the region do not have toilets or adequate sanitation facilities and the potential of a cholera epidemic developing is a big concern."

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