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Public health in action

Nearly one third of people worldwide—2.5 billion—live without proper sanitation. In Kenya, where the population is close to 47 million, a whopping 70 per cent of people are at greater risk for life-threatening illnesses.

Recently, Michael Schlegelmilch travelled to Mombasa, Kenya, for his practicum. He worked with Aga Khan Health Service where he evaluated a new water, sanitation and hygiene program. His reliable evaluation showed a significant increase in latrine access for community members. The evidence he provided helped Aga Khan Health Service strengthen its applications for funding to make latrines available to more Kenyans.

“Financial support from the School of Public Health was crucial for the success of my practicum,” Schlegelmilch says. “It would have been impossible otherwise.” 

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