Procter & Gamble (P&G) and US Agency for International Development (USAID) have kicked off a Global Development Alliance (GDA) to improve health in Myanmar.
The first liter, which marks the launch of the partnership, was delivered at a community in North Okkalapa Township, Yangon.
Over the next two years, USAID and P&G intend to make joint investments of at least $2 million on health projects aimed at providing clean drinking water through provision of P&G Purifier of Water packets.
The aim is to promote better hygiene behaviors; and building capacity to deliver improved health services to mothers and children. Population Services International (PSI) will implement these projects in-country.
Joining a community training session for mothers and children on how to use P&G Purifier of Water packets to clean dirty, turbid water, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah said “Up to 12,000 children here die every year from diarrhea. By partnering to scale up proven solutions — like the P&G Purifier of Water packets — we are helping to end extreme poverty and investing in this country’s untapped potential.”
P&G has been providing clean drinking water for nearly a decade through its not-for-profit Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, sharing hundreds of millions of its P&G Purifier of Water packets to water insecure populations across the world.
In the picture above: USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah (center) joins children from North Okkalapa Township, outside Burma’s capital Rangoon on Feb. 27, 2014 to launch a health training program and demonstrate the use of Procter and Gamble’s water purifying sachets. In Burma, USAID and P&G partner to provide clean drinking water and promote sanitation practices for some of the country’s most vulnerable.