IMA World Health also emphasizes education and effective behavior change strategies to promote good hygiene practices. We believe in strengthening the capacity of local communities and governments to sustain WASH improvements over the long-term. We increase access to WASH facilities, helping local leadership develop business plans and financial projections, design low-cost WASH facilities, implement community education programs and craft local ordinances to support these activities. The climate-smart agriculture approach of our Corus partner organization Lutheran World Relief also promotes water conservation and effective watershed management to create healthier landscapes that are more resistant to droughts and floods.
Access to clean water is a critical need in the wake of a humanitarian crisis. We deliver supplies of water in emergencies to affected areas, while also installing or rehabilitating storage tanks and reservoirs. Where water is scarce or unsafe, we drill and decontaminate wells, install hand-pumps, protect natural springs, tap aquifers, rehabilitate damaged infrastructure, and pipe water into hard-to-reach communities and health centers.
By engaging with government, private sector, health and community leaders, we seek to accelerate change to bring equitable WASH access to all.