Muslim Aid distributed Aqua boxes to 6,000 individuals affected by the serious cholera outbreak in Sierra Leone. Since August 2012, Sierra Leone has recorded over 16,000 cholera cases spreading across the country, with 257 deaths. The two most heavily affected areas are Western Area and Tonkolili.
The Aqua boxes, which included water purification tablets and other sanitation items, were given to affected families in the Tonkolili district. The donation helped families with access to clean drinking water, reducing the threat of cholera and increasing their wellbeing. The Aqua boxes were also distributed to 15 health centres and 10 community schools. Water filters were also distributed among the community.
Cholera is contracted by ingesting contaminated water or food leading to severe dehydration, acute diarrhoea and in extreme cases, death. By distributing Aqua boxes, Muslim Aid is providing access to clean water, enabling communities to live in a healthier and safer environment.