By Jennifer Browning
Emory Medishare’s Dr. Rick Spurlock recently visited Marmont to check on the Safe Water Project’s sodium hypochlorite production building. Construction is progressing as planned. Dr. Spurlock is hoping to start implementation in the next few months.
Implementation of the project will include purchasing equipment and supplies for the sodium hypochlorite production facility, as well as hiring and training local personnel regarding how to make the solution and how to distribute it throughout the communities.
As a part of the Community Health and Development Program, Project Medishare is not only continuing to provide healthcare in Haiti’s Central Plateau, but also develop a sustainable community that will be able to thrive in the future.
Project Medishare and Emory School of Medicine hope to have the program up and running by this summer, however the program still needs financial support and funding. Emory Medishare still needs to raise $20,000 to make this project a reality for the people of Thomonde, Marmont, and Jolivert.
The water project is in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set in 2000, which specify eight objectives, including improving health, promoting gender equality, reducing poverty, ensuring environmental sustainability, and enhancing access to education, to be achieved by 2015. Goal 7, “Ensure environmental sustainability” focuses attention on reducing “by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.”