Mylan enables access to safe drinking water at schools and supports solid waste management
In India, more than 163 million people lack access to clean water and The World Bank estimates that 21 percent of communicable diseases in India are linked to unsafe water and the lack of hygiene practices1. Mylan has been working with communities in India to support them on three major interrelated public health areas that require urgent attention – water, sanitation and hygiene.
As part of Mylan’s Global Social Responsibility (GSR) initiative, five schools in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh were provided with Reverse Osmosis (RO) water purification systems. This initiative benefitted approximately 1500 children studying at schools situated in Parwada Mandal in Visakhapatnam by providing them with clean, safe drinking water.
Urban and rural solid waste disposal is another sanitation-related challenge and recent estimates suggest that cities generate 1.3 billion tons of solid waste per year, a figure expected to rise to 2.2 billion tons by 20252. Failure to adequately collect and dispose of solid waste present can increase the proliferation of disease-carrying vectors, such as rodents and insects.
To support solid waste management in rural areas, Mylan provided four garbage collection vehicles for solid and liquid waste disposal to Cheepurupalli, Naidupalem, Thanam and Vennelapalem villages in the Parwada Mandal in Visakhapatnam. Proper waste management in these areas will ensure good sanitation and hygiene standards and thereby help reduce the spread of viral diseases and infections.