Restoring Safe Water and Sanitation in Central America
In 1998, Hurricane Mitch left more than 10,000 Central Americans dead and some 500,000 homeless, due to catastrophic flooding. In an effort to respond to the effects of this event, CDC’s Global Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene team partnered with the American Red Cross to create The Central America Sustainability Project. This project was designed in an attempt to restore safe water and sanitation to communities. This partnership brought sustainable water, sanitation construction, and hygiene education to affected areas, resulting in long-term health benefits.
For more information on CDC’s Sustainability program, visit Sustainability Research page.