WASHINGTON, April 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United States
Agency for International Development (USAID) is pleased to
announce the relaunch of Sur'Eau, a safe-water solution that
reduces the risk of diarrhea. Sur'Eau is a water purification
solution that prevents waterborne diseases. The chlorine solution
can be added to water immediately before use and is designed to
protect people -- principally young children and people living
with HIV and AIDS -- from deadly diarrheal diseases.
Across Rwanda, nearly 40 percent of urban households and over 70
percent of rural households do not have reliably clean water.
Contaminated water increases the risk of contracting diarrheal
diseases, which contribute to Rwanda's high childhood mortality
rate -- one in seven does not live to age five.
With support from the Government of Rwanda and the American
people through USAID, Sur'Eau is produced locally and available
in the public and private sectors. USAID funds Population
Services International (PSI) to implement this safe-water
initiative as part of the five-year, $20 million Behavior Change
and Social Marketing (BCSM) project. The BCSM project builds the
capacity of Rwandan institutions to implement HIV/AIDS
prevention, malaria and child survival programs.
"Safe water is essential for improving the lives of Rwandans,"
explained Ryan Washburn, USAID's acting director in Rwanda. "All
you need is one cap of Sur'Eau to treat an entire jerry can of
water and you've reduced the risk of diarrheal diseases by 50
percent. Sur'Eau is a cost-effective method for preventing
waterborne diseases and saving lives."
Rwanda's Minister of Health, Dr. Jean Damascene Ntawukuliryayo,
and a Global Ambassador for PSI Ashley Judd, will be on hand for
the launch in Rubavu District on April 26.
For more information about USAID and its programs in Rwanda,
please visit www.usaid.gov.
The American people, through the U.S. Agency for International
Development, have provided economic and humanitarian assistance
worldwide for nearly 50 years.
Public Information: 202-712-4810
Source: U.S. Agency for International Development
CONTACT: Press Office, U.S. Agency for International
Web Site: http://www.usaid.gov/