Did you know that one in eight people do not have access to safe, clean drinking water? Or how about the facts that 50% of all hospital beds worldwide are occupied by people with easily preventable waterborne diseases and 4000 children die every day from water-related illnesses?
Stunning statistics such as these are Planet Water Foundation’s inspiration for Project 24, an initiative to bring clean water to 24 communities in need over the course of 24 hours, on World Water Day, March 22, 2016. They’re also why Medical Solutions is proud to once again be a part of Project 24 by sponsoring the installation of a water filtration system within a village in dire need of clean, safe water.
Nurses are well aware of the importance of clean, safe water for drinking, cleaning, cooking, and bathing, and the role safe water plays in keeping people alive and healthy. The Medical Solutions team is forever inspired by the hard work and compassion displayed every single day by our amazing Travel Nurses. YOU are our inspiration for supporting this amazing cause!
The Medical Solutions-sponsored water filtration tower will be the first Project 24 tower to go up this year, at 12 a.m. EDT, at the Paciano Rizal Elementary School in the Philippines. The school is near a polluted river which means the water flowing to taps is poor quality and can be unsafe. Compounding the issue, most local families makes less than minimum wage and can’t afford to buy clean water.
According to the school’s headmaster, “The water in school is positive with bacteria. We tell the pupils not to drink from the taps, but it is hard to stop them from doing so because most of them can’t buy bottled water.”
A story like that makes all of here at Medical Solutions feel very grateful for easily accessible clean water — which so many so often take for granted — and also very pleased to be able to support this important cause.