Access to safe drinking water for Beninese has risen remarkably, from 18 percent in 1990 to 75 percent in 2008, and as a result, significantly reducing the incidence of diarrhea throughout the country. The remaining populations without access to safe drinking water are also Benin’s poorest and the most vulnerable to disease. Outbreaks of cholera and diarrhea are common, occurring mostly during the end of the dry season or at the beginning of the two rainy seasons.
To address the problem of contaminated water, USAID promotes point-of-use water treatment through the use of water purification tablets. The low-cost tablets are sold through year-round social marketing campaigns, which we intensify during the seasonal peaks. We also support behavior change campaigns in schools and in the general population to promote hand-washing with soap and water to prevent diarrhea.
Last updated: February 20, 2014