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Working To Improve Sanitation Practice, Safe Water Supply In Liberia

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Pieter DeVries, chief of party of the Improved Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene (IWASH) Project, examines the program’s efforts to improve sanitation practices and safe water supply in Liberia, where “open defection is the most common sanitation practice.” He notes, “This fact, coupled with a lack of access to safe drinking water results in high levels of fecal-oral diseases and related child deaths,” adding, “Since February 2013, Global Communities (IWASH Implementer) has engaged 120 communities in an aggressive campaign to end open defecation.” He concludes, “Through these activities the exposure of children to fecal-oral disease will be reduced and the promise of a healthier life for children under-five will be renewed” (8/6).