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Working with local health care staff to increase SWS uptake

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An estimated 1.1 billion persons worldwide lack access to an improved water source.  Hundreds of millions more drink contaminated water from improved sources because of unsafe water treatment and distribution systems and unsafe water storage and handling practices.  The health consequences of inadequate water and sanitation services include an estimated 4 billion cases of diarrhea and 1.9 million deaths each year, mostly among young children in developing countries.  The Safe Water System (SWS) is a water quality intervention proven to reduce diarrheal disease incidence in users by 22-84%.  The SWS includes:  1) water treatment with chlorine solution at the point-of-use; 2) storage of water in a safe container; and, 3) behavior change communication.

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