March. 17, 2020: World Water Day

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World Water Day

Worldwide, 2.2 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with feces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio. (source: UN Water) Join us in recognizing the accomplishments of our Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) experts this World Water Day, March 22nd. WASH experts at CDC respond to international disasters, disease outbreaks, and humanitarian crises that threaten the supply of safe drinking water in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. Learn how in 2019, CDC responded to emergencies and waterborne disease outbreaks, to help countries improve access to safe water and be better prepared for the next disaster.

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Flooding and damage to housing and infrastructure was widespread following Cyclones Idai and Kenneth in Mozambique. CDC microbiologist Travis Brown tests water quality in an accommodation shelter for people affected by Cyclone Kenneth.
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Andrea Martinsen pumps water from a tap stand in Zimbabwe while assessing chlorine levels in the water during a cholera outbreak.
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After two powerful cyclones made landfall in Mozambique in March and April 2019, CDC worked with Mozambican health authorities and international partners to prevent, detect and respond to disease outbreaks.
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Worldwide, 780 million people do not have access to an improved water source.
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March 22 – World Water Day

March 24 – World TB Day

April 7 – World Health Day

April 24 – World Meningitis Day

April 25 – World Malaria Day

April 24 – April 30 – World Immunization Week