INTERNATIONAL HEALTH COMMITTEE
To meet our mission, the IHC has three main objectives:
Education: The IHC develops presentations on international health issues that are presented at the annual education conference (AEC) and at regional WSEHA meetings. Updates to this website include links to technical resources that WSEHA members can access to learn more about international health issues and best practices in basic water and sanitation.
Outreach: The IHC is developing strategic partnerships with sister organizations, such as the Washington State Public Health Association (WSPHA), to better utilize resources to promote environmental health in an international setting. Updates to the website include links to many nongovernmental organizations in both overseas relief and development. The IHC also holds silent auctions on an annual basis at the WSEHA AEC and/or JCH to not only raise money for overseas projects but to increase awareness of international health issues.
Assistance: WSEHA has for many years donated funds annually to Public Health International (PHI) to help in their efforts to improve environmental health conditions, mainly in Latin America . WSEHA has also worked with PHI to recruit volunteers whenever humanitarian emergencies occur, such as exodus of Cambodian refugees into Thailand in 1979, the Ethiopian famine of the mid-1980s, and the Rwandan genocide of 1994. IHC’s first silent auction raised over $2000 to help replace a water system in the village of Los Manguitos , Ecuador , that was lost to El Nino flooding. Subsequent silent auctions have raised funds to assist an orphanage for AIDS-affected children in Chipole, Tanzania, to repair a water treatment plant for a village in the Bay Islands of Honduras, to rehabilitate a pre-school in the Pancasan barrio of Santo Tomas, Nicaragua, build boats for Tsunami victims in Thailand, provide medical services for a clinic in Quito, Ecuador, provide water and sanitation to a girls’ school in Afghanistan, as well as village-level water projects in India, Bolivia, and Laos. In all of these instances, the IHC has partnered with an agency working where the money is going that has a local tie in Washington State.
Los Manguitos (2001)
West Bengal, India (2007)
Los Rodriguez, Nicaragua (2009)
Water 1st International (2014)
Mercy Corp (2016)
Past IHC-Sponsored Projects
2019 IHC Recipient: 200 Orphanages Worldwide
"We help provide safety, shelter, and sustainability for orphans because every orphan deserves a safe place to call home.
For the past ten years, our donors have completed 50 projects in 17 countries for 16 partners. From clean water wells, to latrines, to dormitories and security walls. Each day, we do something to make the life of an orphan just a bit brighter."
from 200 Orphanages Worldwide website,
Click the pictures on the left to see a full size image. Photos are from the 2019 IHC Raffle & Silent Auction.
Funds raised are going toward a clean water well for Mainsprings, a vulnerable girls home in Tanzania. Click the link for a project description.
2018 IHC Recipient:
"Etta Projects works in Bolivia, the poorest country in South America. In rural areas of Eastern Bolivia, our current service area, the majority of families live without adequate water, sanitation and access to health care. In 2012, only 24% of rural Bolivians had access to improved sanitation. Studies show that the provision of safe water coupled with proper sanitation facilities can reduce deaths from diarrhea and water-related illnesses by 65%, and improve overall childhood mortality by 55% (2014, Unicef in Bolivia, Unicef).
Through our work, over 71,150 people in Bolivia have benefited with improved health and nutrition, water, sanitation and education. 130 community leaders (90% women) have been trained in health promotion in 25 communities. Also, 19 communities and 435 families now have environmentally sound sanitation systems. 31 villages now have clean water systems and water committees to manage them. All this is done with a budget of under $500,000 annually."
from Etta Projects website,
The photos on the left and right are from the 2018 IHC Raffle & Silent Auction.