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The DayOne Waterbag provides water supply collection, transport, treatment and protected storage
International Medical Corps announced at the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting a commitment to action to address the lack of clean water following natural disasters, when the number of deaths caused by disease can exceed those caused by the disaster itself. International Medical Corps will pilot and pre-position the DayOne Waterbag, which uses water purification packets developed by Procter & Gamble (P&G). Over the next year and a half, the organization will target disaster-prone communities routinely affected by seasonal flooding to evaluate training and distribution methods prior to an emergency to maximize this technology and to ultimately provide clean drinking water in the aftermath of a disaster.
"With our innovative partners DayOne Response and P&G, International Medical Corps will be able to better address the threat of disease from a lack of clean drinking water following rapid-onset disasters," said International Medical Corps President and CEO Nancy A. Aossey. "Thanks to the Clinton Global Initiative's extraordinary platform for bringing together like-minded organizations to solve global health problems, this commitment will allow us to train disaster-prone communities in using this innovative water treatment technology to help ensure more lives saved."
The DayOne Waterbag, a 2.5-gal water backpack, provides all four elements of municipal water supply - collection, transport, treatment and protected storage - and is specifically designed for use with P&G's water purification packets. International Medical Corps will pilot the Waterbags in flood-prone areas such as Sudan, South Sudan and Kenya, where communities have to rely on unsafe surface water. It will work with communities to stock Waterbags in households and community centers; promote water and hygiene education through training with the Waterbag; and evaluate the training and obtain community feedback. After a flood, its teams will evaluate correct use and compare health indicators affecting sanitation and hygiene.