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Saving Children’s Lives in Bangladesh with Simple Concrete Floors

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Aug 28, 2014 01:07 AM
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  Most of us take for granted the fact that we can walk barefoot across our living room floor and not end up with a life-threatening disease, but that's far from the case in many regions of the world. Every year, over 6 million children die from




 

 

 

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Most of us take for granted the fact that we can walk barefoot across our living room floor and not end up with a life-threatening disease, but that’s far from the case in many regions of the world. Every year, over 6 million children die from diarrheal, skin, and respiratory diseases that they contracted from the parasites, viruses, and bacteria living in the dirt floor of their homes. In Bangladesh alone, 100,000 children under the age of five die from these diseases every year… but there’s a NYC-based non-profit group working to change that. Architecture for Health in Vulnerable Environments (ARCHIVE) just launched its “High Fives” initiative to replace dirt floors with concrete in that region in order to reduce disease-causing pathogens from infiltrating homes. The initiative is so named because of its goal to help at-risk children reach their fifth birthdays.

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