For Immediate Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Monday, May 27 with Procter & Gamble (P&G) to protect the lives of women and children in Burma. Under this MoU, USAID and P&G will seek to develop a multi-year, multi-program Global Development Alliance that will invest at least $2 million over the first two years to provide access to 200 million liters of clean drinking water, promote better hygiene behaviors, and build capability linked to improvements in delivery of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services. P&G and USAID have previously partnered to provide clean drinking water in countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Malawi, Nicaragua and Pakistan, among others.
This partnership builds on the cooperation between the United States and the Government of Burma to improve health and advance prosperity for the people of Burma. In addition, to building on USAID’s commitment to the Millennium Development Goals and the Global Child Survival Call to Action aimed at reducing maternal and child mortality rates by ending preventable child deaths and improving the lives of women and children worldwide.
In March 2013, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah launched Burma’s first public-private partnership in support of the Child Survival Call to Action. “Partnerships harness the resources, expertise, innovation, and experience of professional associations, universities, and the public and private sector to help mothers, newborns, and children survive and thrive. We are proud to announce today another Global Development Alliance. With our partner Procter and Gamble, we will deliver safe drinking water to targeted communities across Burma in an effort to save the lives of children,” he said.
Globally, 2,000 children die every day of diarrheal illnesses caused by unsafe water, which is more than the deaths caused by HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. In Burma, despite increased access to improved drinking water sources between 1990 and 2004, large parts of the population remain vulnerable to diarrheal diseases. During natural disasters such as cyclones, to which Burma is particularly prone, the threat of diarrheal disease outbreaks increase significantly. This partnership will scale up an existing and proven water purification innovation – the P&G Purifier of Water – to significantly reduce the incidence of deaths caused by unsafe water.
Dr. Greg Allgood, Founder and Director of the P&G Children's Safe Drinking Water program, said “P&G is excited to invest in the future of Burma. We have begun this work by partnering with USAID to provide access to clean drinking water throughout the country with our P&G purifier of water packets. This social investment in a healthier, more prosperous Burma is part of our global effort to save one life every hour.”
Last updated: November 13, 2013