Water, Sanitation, Hygiene & Health

Every person has the right to live in a safe and hygienic environment.

We believe that progress depends on identifying and addressing chronic community health concerns – including, water-borne illness, mosquito-borne illness, and respiratory illness, as well as sanitation and hygiene practices.


Through thoughtful interventions we can reverse certain health damage that has already occurred and eliminate other preventable problems before they arise. Children and the elderly often suffer most seriously from chronic preventable health conditions, but no one is immune and the effects of intervention positively impact the health and finances of whole families and communities – strengthening all of HRI’s programs.


Our health specific activities require a tailored approach to adequately address the specific symptoms and environment of each community. Initially, we work to resolve the immediate symptoms and illness (if possible), which is followed by topical health education efforts and careful process and collaboration to design the most effective, culturally relevant long-term resolution. Resolutions to these issues are a true team and community effort in which everyone plays an integral role.


  • Water Treatment and Filtration: Chlorination tablets and simple water filtration systems reduce the risk of preventable waterborne illness like cholera, typhoid, and chronic diarrhea.
  • Health Clinics: Provide important health education, testing, treatment and referral opportunities to communities and orphanages that have little or no access to healthcare.
  • De-worming: Rids children of parasitic worms, which helps them to absorb nutrients better and improves school enrollment and attendance.
  • Mosquito Nets: Treated mosquito nets reduce the incidence of malaria and dengue fever in communities and orphanages.
  • Hygiene Kits: Toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, feminine care products, and other basic hygiene items, paired with health education, help to reduce preventable illness.
  • Safe, Energy-Efficient Stoves: Modified traditional cook stoves significantly reduce high rates of chronic respiratory illness and burn incidents – especially in women and children. They are also 75% more efficient – reducing environmental degradation as well as the time it takes to cook and collect wood.
  • Compost Latrines: As an alternative to open defecation and pit latrines, this pilot phased project works to improve health and sanitation by modifying unsafe human waste practices in individual households.


I was privileged to work with HRI in Haiti on two occasions. I was, and remain, very impressed by the progress, commitment, and care for the children of Haiti.

Professor Lynn Brandenberger
Oklahoma State University



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