IOM receives $1 million grant for water projects in Haiti camps

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child in a camp in Haiti

As the rainy season starts in Haiti, the UN emergency fund has allocated one million dollars to fight the spread of waterborne diseases.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) will use the "exceptional" grant from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund to deliver basic public health services to thousands of people still living in camps, two years after the deadly earthquake.

Christopher Lowenstein-Lom is with the IOM in Geneva:

"The money will be spent essentially through camp water committees who are responsible for ensuring that there's clean drinking water and responding with the provision of oral rehydration salts in the event of a cholera outbreak. It will also pay for latrine maintenance and repairs to prevent contamination of the water supply."

IOM also will promote hygiene and behavioral change among camp residents to prevent a resurgence of cholera, which has killed approximately 7,000 people in Haiti.

Duration: 22″

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