IMA World Health/Christopher Glass

According to the World Health Organization 1.1 billion people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water – that’s roughly one-sixth of the world’s population.

For Haiti, the story is no different. Many children have a difficult time getting access to clean water and without clean water they are susceptible to intestinal infection.

To help provide access to clean water for children in Haiti, IMA World Health has distributed 1100 individual LifeStraws® in the Northeast region of Haiti through a generous donation from Martin Brody and the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale.

Since 2010, Brody and the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale have provided a total of 6,200 individual Lifestraws® with another 4500 planned to be distributed in the fall of 2012.

The delivery was facilitated by Vestergaard Frandsen, a Europe-based international company specializing in complex emergency response and disease control products.

The LifeStraw® is a portable water filter that can be carried around to provide easy access to safe and clean drinking water.

IMA distributes all Lifestraws® through the network of schools currently involved with the ongoing USAID funded National Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) program.

IMA staff will provide training on the importance of hygiene, stressing how diseases are easily transmitted by drinking non-potable water, the importance of the Lifestraws® and the correct method of use.