The focus is always on improving food security for children, access to clean water, hygiene measures in schools and communities, and sustainable livelihoods for the local population.
Tropical Cyclone Eloise hit Mozambique on 23 January 2021, bringing devastating winds and extreme rainfall in Beira and surrounding districts. The ASB team has started relief measures directly after the tropical storm was over, at first distributing food and safe drinking water, and then building water purification systems and educating local population and colleagues in the field on proper usage of it.
In 2016, Hurricane “Matthew” has left enormous destructions in large parts of Haiti, with more than 750.000 people in need of help. ASB team was there right after the storm was over, helping people in need. In August 2021, Haiti faced an earthquake with severe consequences.
7 months after, ASB continues to give access to drinking water to the people of Southern St Louis. More than million litres of water have been distributed, thanks to ASB teams and young volunteers who put themselves in the service to their citizens.
ASB teams prepare and run the WASH services all over the world, from the refugee camps to local communities hit by the natural disaster. 𝐖𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐧𝐨𝐰.
𝐎𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐮𝐩 𝐨𝐟 𝟔𝟎-𝟕𝟎% 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 and we lose it through our urine, sweat, faeces and breath. If we use or lose more fluid than we take in, our bodies become dehydrated and cannot carry out their normal functions.
The first stage of dehydration is thirst, happening when 𝟐% 𝒐𝒇 𝒃𝒐𝒅𝒚 𝒘𝒆𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝒍𝒐𝒔𝒕. Since that moment, body saves all the remaining moisture: kidneys send less water to bladder, urine gets dark, we sweat less, so our body temperature rises, our blood becomes thicker and more concentrated, our cardiovascular system has to work harder to keep our blood pressure up, so the heart rate increases.
𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝟒% 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐰𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐚𝐬 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫, blood pressure drops and fainting can occur.
In the third stage, 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝟕% 𝐨𝐟 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐰𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐭, in order to survive body slows blood flow to non-vital organs, such as your kidneys and gut, causing damage.
Even mild dehydration can leave us feeling more tired and less able to perform physically, and when exercising or working in a hot environment, the human body can lose between 1.5-3 litres of water every hour due to sweat. Luckily, dehydration is reversible and by replacing body water, a full recovery is likely.
𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑙𝑜𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑖𝑠 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤𝑛 𝑡𝑜 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑔𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑤𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑠𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝐴𝑛𝑑𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑠 𝑀𝑖ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒𝑐𝑧, 𝑎𝑛 18-𝑦𝑒𝑎𝑟-𝑜𝑙𝑑 𝐴𝑢𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑎𝑛 𝑏𝑟𝑖𝑐𝑘𝑙𝑎𝑦𝑒𝑟 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑙𝑒𝑓𝑡 𝑙𝑜𝑐𝑘𝑒𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑎 𝑝𝑜𝑙𝑖𝑐𝑒 𝑐𝑒𝑙𝑙 𝑓𝑜𝑟 18 𝑑𝑎𝑦𝑠 𝑖𝑛 1979 𝑎𝑓𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑜𝑓𝑓𝑖𝑐𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑜𝑛 𝑑𝑢𝑡𝑦 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑔𝑜𝑡 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡 ℎ𝑖𝑚. 𝐻𝑖𝑠 𝑐𝑎𝑠𝑒 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛 𝑚𝑎𝑑𝑒 𝑖𝑡 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐺𝑢𝑖𝑛𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝐵𝑜𝑜𝑘 𝑜𝑓 𝑊𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑 𝑅𝑒𝑐𝑜𝑟𝑑𝑠.