WSU, UW, PATH, World Vision and WGHA form clean water, sanitation and hygiene partnership

November 08, 2013

For immediate release

Kristen Eddings, Washington Global Health Alliance, 206.456.9612
Amy MacIver, PATH, 206.302.4522
Linda Weiford, Washington State University, 509.335.7209
Johnny Cruz, World Vision, 253.815.2072
Bobbi Nodell, University of Washington, Department of Global Health, 206.543.8309

WSU, UW, PATH, World Vision and WGHA form clean water, sanitation and hygiene partnership

Today, five Washington state-based global health organizations sign a letter of intent to leverage their strengths and create a powerful partnership for clean water, proper sanitation and hygiene education for one region in Tanzania. The partnership was inspired by the Seattle Sounders FC’s interest in engaging in global health. The intent to partner will be formally announced at Party for the Health of It on Saturday, November 9, 2013.

“This partnership has far-reaching implications because each of these organizations has deep roots in Tanzania. This is a unique approach because it’s a partnership formed, in-part because Washington is home to so many global health organizations and we are leveraging their particular expertise to address large challenges such access to clean water, ” said Lisa Cohen, executive director for the Washington Global Health Alliance.

Washington State, already is known for its spirit of collaboration. In global health, this spirit is critical to success. The challenges facing the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people are too complex to be solved by a single organization with a single approach. With this in mind, five of Washington State’s leading organizations: PATH, World Vision, the University of Washington and Washington State University along with Washington Global Health Alliance, are combining forces in Arusha, Tanzania. Together, they are partnering with local communities and the Tanzanian government to improve child health and increase family wealth using the expertise of the Washington organizations around clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). This specific project was inspired by the Seattle Sounders FC’s interest in global health and a trip taken to Tanzania in January 2013.

Guy Palmer, PhD, DVM, Director of Washington State University’s Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health emphasized the importance of the collaboration, “This effort builds on our collective commitment to bring multidisciplinary approaches and expertise together to catalyze new solutions that not only improve health of individuals but sustain health of families and communities”.

There are four proposed interventions for the scope of this project, all with the ultimate goal of increased income potential for homes and communities:

1.    Increased access to a sustainable and safe water supply for poor and vulnerable homes and communities, particularly focused on mothers and children
2.    Increased access to improved sanitation for poor and vulnerable communities, with an emphasis on mothers and children
3.    Improved hygiene knowledge and practices for poor and vulnerable communities, centered on mothers and children
4.    Enhanced ability of communities to facilitate sustainable WASH practices

 “I am thrilled that World Vision is joining other Washington-based organizations for the common cause of improving child and family well-being in Tanzania,” said David Owens, Chief Development Officer at World Vision. “The collective expertise and resources of our organizations have the potential to have a transformative effect on rural communities surrounding Arusha.”

About the Washington Global Health Alliance

WGHA invites and activates every sector in our region to advance global health equity through advocacy, promoting and engaging Washington’s global health sector and building innovative partnerships between traditional and unexpected organizations to increase global health impact. Join WGHA for Party for the Health of It on Saturday, November 9, 2013.

About PATH

PATH is an international nonprofit organization that transforms global health through innovation. PATH takes an entrepreneurial approach to developing and delivering high-impact, low-cost solutions, from lifesaving vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, and devices to collaborative programs with communities. Through its work in more than 70 countries, PATH and its partners empower people to achieve their full potential.
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About Washington State University

Washington State University’s mission as the state’s public land grant university is to serve all residents of Washington and, as a global university, service to all of humanity through research, education, and action.  WSU’s “Sustaining Health” initiative is based on the holistic view of health as being intertwined with and dependent upon food, economic, and environmental security. Learn more,

About World Vision

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. For more information, please visit or @WorldVisionNews on Twitter.

About the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health

Through a generous gift and endowment from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and complementary Washington State resources, the UW Department of Global Health was established in 2007, bridging the schools of Medicine and Public Health, with a mandate to harness the expertise and interdisciplinary power of all 16 UW schools and colleges. Learn more,