Oftentimes water is gathered from unsanitary sources such as garbage-filled rivers and wells that are located too close to raw or exposed sewage. The inability to access clean, fresh water contributes to the spread of waterborne illness such as typhoid, cholera and chronic diarrhea. In addition, contaminated water is the leading cause of childhood illness and increases the chances of childhood malnutrition greatly. Recent studies indicate that 1,400 children die every day from waterborne illness.
MFK partners with local clinics to provide educational information on waterborne illness and the importance of the using clean, treated water when preparing food for children.