ASOCIACION PARA EL DESARROLLO RURAL INTEGRAL

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Water and Sanitation

 

Due to its economic limitations, at a national level, only 60% of the rural population has access to water. This situation is dramatically worse in rural indigenous populations, where almost 70% of all drinking water is contaminated with toxins, bacteria and harmful waste. This, in addition to a lack of latrines, adequate grey water management and improved stoves, as well as overcrowding issues, increases the likelihood of falling ill with stomach viruses and respiratory and skin infections which are the main causes of infant morbidity and mortality.

Thanks to ADRIG’s construction and refurbishing of water systems, more than 1,400 families now have home access to clean and healthy water. This not only improves their health and living conditions, but also saves time, as they no longer have to walk long distances to gather water from rivers or other contaminated sources.

 

To date, the construction of latrines, improved stoves, and cesspits has positively improved the health of 1,300 families, and helped prevent the risk of diarrheal and respiratory illnesses, particularly among women and children, contributing to a reduction in women and children mortality rates.

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