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Posted: 4/18/2022

RFI: Improving access to safe drinking water -- Liberia

Liberians have especially poor access to clean water and sanitation compared to other countries in the region, contributing to poor child health outcomes. In Liberia, one out of every eleven children dies before reaching his or her fifth birthday, with water-borne diseases such as diarrhea being one of the leading causes of mortality. Diarrhea and malnutrition also form a vicious cycle, with diarrhea making children more susceptible to malnutrition and malnutrition making children more susceptible to diarrhea. In Liberia, 30% of children under five are stunted (low height for age). Child malnutrition is also a major contributor to under-five mortality due to malnourished children’s greater susceptibility to infections and slower recoveries from illness.

Liberia is a priority country under the United States Government (USG) Global Water Strategy. Previous USAID support to the water sector in Liberia has included the construction of water treatment plants and water supply kiosks in the cities of Robertsport, Sanniquellie, and Voinjama. USAID/Liberia is now planning to improve access, use, and sustainability of water services in the counties of Montserrado and Margibi, especially among those currently using unimproved water sources, with the goal of helping them achieve at least a basic level of service.

Response Date: April 6, 2021

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