Access to clean water to fight infectious diseases
Globally, at least 2 billion people do not have access to clean and safe water. This exposes vulnerable populations to a wide range of infections. Every day, over 700 children aged 5 die from diarrhoea caused by contaminated water and poor sanitation and hygiene. Healthcare centers are not left out as 1 in every 4 facilities worldwide lack access to basic water services exposing 1.8 billion patients to risk of infection and causing over 1 million deaths each year due to unclean births.
We invest in collaborative initiatives to address this challenge in low- and middle-income countries. The goal is to provide access to water in healthcare centers and communities in Africa in order to strengthen local health systems and ensure health equity for the benefits of underserved populations. Access to clean water does not only prevent infections but also boost the service by healthcare workers and support pandemic preparedness.
Providing access to clean water to underserved populations represents a holistic approach to prevention of infections, health systems strengthening and economic empowerment. As a company dedicated to human progress, we are committed to partner with experts to address this challenge for and with low- and middle-income countries.
United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 seeks to ensure safe drinking water and sanitation for all, focusing on the sustainable management of water resources, wastewater and ecosystems, and acknowledging the importance of an enabling environment.
In line with our Sustainability Strategy, our company is engaged to advance global health by using our scientific and technological innovation to improve health of underserved populations. To contribute to SDG6, our efforts and investments integrate collaborative initiatives to fulfill the need for access to clean water in resource-limited areas in Africa.
Who is our champion?
Baridueh Badon leads the Access to Water Program in the Global Health Institute of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. He is responsible for driving strategic partnerships and implementation of Access to Water projects for the Institute. Prior to joining our company in 2019, Baridueh has worked as a Physician in private and public hospitals as well as with global health organizations. Baridueh holds a medical degree, an MSc in Healthcare Management and an MBA.
ResearchAn implementation research study is conducted to assess water, sanitation and hygiene in healthcare facilities and to test the quality of water in selected regions in Ghana.
Access to WaterWe develop infrastructure to provide safely managed water services to healthcare centers and drinking water to communities in endemic regions in a sustainable manner.
TrainingHealthcare workers are trained in Schistosomiasis Case Management and Infection Prevention Control measures for patient safety. Initial trainings are held in endemic regions.