Emergency Relief Program
Following disasters, there is an increase in infectious disease due to crowding of displaced peoples, inadequate water and sanitation, and poor access to health care.[As a method of prevention and control, it is suggested that primary healthcare delivery and proper water, sanitation, and hygiene be given high priority. [ii]
To help prevent the spread of illness, our emergency relief program provides hygiene kits in response to natural and humanitarian crises all around the world.
Domestically, hygiene kits support a single individual in a shelter setting. The kits include a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, body wash, lotion, and other amenities.
Internationally, hygiene kits are designed to support a family of five, with the understanding that victims of disasters abroad are often exposed to the elements. These kits include shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothbrushes, toothpaste, a 4-gallon bucket, a blanket, and enough water purification tablets for 20 gallons of water. As part of the UN WASH Cluster, Clean the World Foundation responds to at least five international crises to provide aid.
In 2018, Clean the World provided:
- 50,000 Hygiene kits to those affected by Hurricane Florence
- 100,000 Hygiene kits to those impacted by Hurricane Michael
- 60,000 bars of soap for to survivors of Super Typhoon Yutu
- 200 Hygiene kits to victims of the Lahaina, Hawaii Fire
[i] “Communicable Diseases Following Natural Disasters.” 2006. Accessed January 16, 2019. https://www.who.int/diseasecontrol_emergencies/guidelines/CD_Disasters_26_06.pdf?ua=1.
[ii] Kouadio, Isidore K., Syed Aljunid, Taro Kamigaki, Karen Hammad, and Hitoshi Oshitani. “Infectious Diseases following Natural Disasters: Prevention and Control Measures.” Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy10, no. 1 (2012): 95-104. doi:10.1586/eri.11.155.