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Baxter International Foundation and UNICEF Unite for Clean Water Access in Egypt

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New York- Addressing critical water challenges in Egypt, the Baxter International Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Baxter International Inc., and UNICEF have forged a partnership. This collaboration aims to improve access to safe drinking water and sanitation in five water-stressed regions. Backed by a substantial $2.5 million grant from the Foundation, this three-year initiative focuses on implementing climate-smart water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs. The targeted regions include Aswan, Assiut, Quena, Minya, and Luxor.

“Clean, safe water is fundamental to life. Yet water scarcity remains a critical issue in certain parts of the world,” said José (Joe) E. Almeida, chairman, president and chief executive officer at Baxter. “We are honored to continue partnering with UNICEF. This partnership supports regional water initiatives that make a meaningful difference for underserved communities. It aligns with Baxter’s 2030 Corporate Responsibility Commitment and Goals.”

However, For children, access to safe water and proper sanitation is vital for a healthy start in life. Diseases resulting from unsafe water and poor sanitation are the leading causes of death in children under five globally. With 7.3 million people in Egypt lacking access to safe water, this initiative is crucial. It aims to ensure a clean and safe environment for every child.

“Every child has a right to a clean and safe environment,” said Michael J. Nyenhuis, president and CEO, of UNICEF USA. “With the support of the Baxter International Foundation, UNICEF can help reach children and families in Egypt with access to safe water and provide the resources and education needed to face the impacts of climate change.”

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The partnership spotlighted the unique strengths of both UNICEF and the Baxter International Foundation. With a shared commitment to supporting UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), the initiative builds on its successful water security program in La Guajira, Colombia, launched in 2021. Through these efforts, the partners aim to make a lasting impact, ensuring a healthier and more sustainable future for communities in need.

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