The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has announced a grant of $50 million to address the water needs of more than one million people in sub-Saharan Africa. The money will be spent on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects to improve access to clean water and sanitation in rural and urban communities. The intention is that this will help preventing the spread of enteric diseases in West African countries like Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali and Niger.
Adequate access to clean drinking water and safe sanitation is a vital aspect of efforts to control childhood mortality and morbidity. :,
"It is estimated that 3.4 million people die each year from contaminated water and poor sanitation and hygiene practices," said Steven M. Hilton, CEO of the Foundation "While other stories dominate the news cycle, a crisis is brewing behind the headlines. It's a quiet tragedy with a cast of millions of regular people dying from preventable water-related diseases...Thanks to the Foundation and its implementing partners, more than two million people have been provided with safe drinking water."
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