Haiti remains in dire need of clean water and sanitation
February 4, 2010
Now that the rescue portion of the disaster response is over, relief agencies working in Haiti are putting their emphasis on delivering food and clean water
, and constructing latrines and washing stations to prevent the spread of disease. Modern public health traces its roots to the Broad Street Pump outbreak
-- a cholera outbreak in a portion of London that killed more than 600 people. The cholera epidemic was initiated by the contamination of a community water pump by a single dirty diaper. A century and a half later, finding ways to protect clean water and safely carry away wastewater
of all types remains one of the most important methods -- if not the single most -- of protecting public health, particularly in an emergency.
last revised February 2010