DIARRHEAL OUTBREAK TRIGGERS EMERGENCY RESPONSE

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DIARRHEAL OUTBREAK TRIGGERS EMERGENCY RESPONSE

Due to the dry season in Lwala, people have turned to unsafe sources of water for drinking. In the first 2 weeks of February, over 40% of the children who came to the Lwala Community Hospital came with diarrhea. Most of these children are between the ages of 6 and 18 months, and one child died at the hospital due to the severity of her dehydration.

We need your help to maintain our emergency response both at the hospital and in the community.

The hospital staff are treating children with oral rehydration therapy (ORT) and teaching mothers an inexpensive way to create ORTs at home using salt, water, and sugar and are distributing free Waterguard and PUR tablets to ensure
families can treat their water.

Lwala Community Alliance also has mobilized a team of 14 community members trained in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) to go door-to-door in the villages surrounding Lwala to educate community members on safe water and sanitation, teach them how make ORTs, and distribute Waterguard and PUR. Simultaneously, staff have been visiting local schools to provide health talks on how to prevent the spread of diarrhea both at home and at school.

To date, the WASH outreach workers have reached 2705 people in the community and an additional 5979 students through school-based visits.
In addition, 300 bottles of Waterguard and 12,000 sachets of PUR tablets (enough to equal 120,000 liters of clean water) have been distributed. Through consultation with the Kenyan government, public health officials, and other NGOs, the Lwala Community Alliance is working to reduce the number of children who must suffer from this preventable condition.

As this current outbreak was unanticipated, we have had to spend outside of our budget to effectively address this dire situation. Your extra support is greatly needed at this time.
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