Emergency Relief Program
In humanitarian emergencies, 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 WASH supplies in rapid response to natural and humanitarian crises all around the world, ensuring those most in need have ongoing access to essential supplies until local sources become available.
In the United States, 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 soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, 4-gallon buckets, an emergency blanket, and enough water purification tablets for 20 gallons of water. As part of the UN WASH Cluster, Clean the World Foundation responds to numerous humanitarian crises around the world each year.
In all cases, we work with our partners on the ground to ensure ongoing, comprehensive WASH education is provided alongside the aid distribution.
[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.