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Improving Sanitation, Hygiene At Community Level Can Help Prevent Ebola, Other Disease Outbreaks

The Hill: The cost-effective way to protect against future Ebola outbreaks
Piet deVries, senior adviser for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene at Global Communities

“…While the recent news of a vaccine for Ebola is certainly encouraging, strengthening health systems across Africa and other vulnerable countries is vital to prevent future outbreaks of Ebola. At the center of any strengthening effort should be Community-Led Total Sanitation — adapted to the local environment and culture to maximize effectiveness. Such prevention can not only defend against Ebola, it can help fight against the many water, insect-borne, and diarrheal diseases that claim so many lives in the developing world today…” (10/1).

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