World Water Day, recognized yearly on March 22, brings awareness to the 2.2 billion people across the globe without access to clean water. An estimated 842,000 people die each year from diseases caused by unclean water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene habits. Kristy Graham talks with our Samaritan’s Purse staff that implement projects that provide clean water and educate developing communities on health and hygiene practices.
– To find more episodes of On the Ground with Samaritan’s Purse that cover the ministry’s first responses to COVID-19, dive deeper into March and April 2020 of the podcast.
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Last year at this time, Samaritan’s Purse launched a response to a brand-new pandemic: the novel Coronavirus. Relying on previous experience with infection prevention control (IPC) from fighting Ebola in 2014, the organization opened up two Emergency Field Hospitals in response to COVID-19: the first in Cremona, Italy and the next in New York City. This special episode looks back at how, one year ago, the Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DART) responded in Central Park, New York City. Kristy Graham introduces you to Ken Isaacs, the vice president of programs and government relations, and Shelly Kelly, an ICU nurse on our DART.