Vanuatu

Vanuatu Cyclone Pam Response, 9 April 2015

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Members of GlobalMedic's Rapid Response Team have delivered Rainfresh household water purification units and hygiene kits to more than 300 families in 13 remote communities in Southeast Ambrym, Vanuatu. Normally for drinking water, 10 of these villages rely on either the collection of rain or travel long distances to the springs, rivers and creeks.

Since Cyclone Pam, three communities sharing a more formal water system are struggling to fix damages and cases of vomiting, headache, and stomachache have been reported, all linked to the contamination of water sources. By the end of the response, GlobalMedic’s delivery of 500 water purification units will provide a safe water supply for up to one year for almost 1800 people as their clean water sources recover to previous conditions. In addition, the hygiene kits being distributed which include soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste - will support the health of families and serve their immediate hygiene needs.