This article appears in the Spring, 2008 edition of Yale Medicine magazine. Author John Curtis writes about Amman Imman's first success in the Azawak, following up with Ariane Kirtley's cover story "Water is Life", published in the magazine, Winter 2007 .Public health alumna’s water project reaches its first milestone in Niger
- by John Curtis
Just over a year ago Ariane Kirtley, M.P.H. ’04, described in words and photographs her work in the Azawak, a remote region in the western African country of Niger [See “Water is Life,” Winter 2007]. Prolonged drought, she found, was threatening the existence of the region’s inhabitants, many of whom are nomadic pastoralists. “These people are literally dying of thirst because they do not have access to water,” Kirtley said. “This is one of the poorest regions in one of the poorest countries in the world. There are no roads, few schools, little health care and almost no humanitarian assistance.”
In this remote area of 80,000 square miles, where it can take two days on the back of a donkey to reach a clinic or school, reliable sources of potable water are essential to survival, Kirtley said. During a visit to New Haven in October, she reported the first success of the organization she founded, Amman Imman,....... Read the rest of the article at this link!