Providing Safe Drinking Water in Benin


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Diarrhea is a significant health problem for children under five in Benin, causing 13% of annual deaths as well as 15% of health center visits. To address this problem, PSI partnered with Abt Associates to implement USAID’s Point-of-Use Water Disinfection and Zinc Treatment (POUZN) project. Evidence shows that point-of-use (POU) water treatment reduces diarrhea by 30 to 50 percent in the most vulnerable populations: children under five. These household water treatment and safe storage interventions, which can be implemented rapidly, are an important complement to broader water, sanitation and hygiene interventions. This brief provides an overview of the program.