Getting water running again
In the face of the devastation caused by typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, UNICEF put water and sanitation at the centre of its response. In the first four months its efforts provided 930,000 people with access to safe water, 76,700 with basic sanitation including toilets and 231,300 with soap and hygiene kits.
Access to safe drinking water was an immediate challenge in the wake of typhoon Haiyan. Water networks were damaged and water sources contaminated, with a high risk of outbreaks of water-borne diseases. Efforts to get the water system working again were hampered by power outages and a lack of chlorination supplies.
We contributed to UNICEF’s intervention, which targeted 40 municipalities in the most affected area, and had by March 2014 helped:
- Restore access to safe water for 930,000 people through the provision of water storage and distribution of water purification tablets.
- Recover access to sanitation through the provision of toilet slabs and portable toilets for 76,700 people.
- Deliver hygiene supplies like toothbrushes, toothpaste, sanitary pads and bath and laundry soaps to 231,300 children in 513 schools and 105 child-friendly spaces, simultaneously promoting good hygiene practices, such as hand-washing with soap.