Xylem Partners With Americares for COVID-19 Response

The announcement begins a five-year sustainable partnership to provide improvements to critical health care facilities and WASH education to communities

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Xylem Watermark — the corporate social responsibility program of Xylem Inc. — has announced it is partnering with the health-focused relief and development organization Americares to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The new global partnership will deliver much-needed personal protective equipment, water and sanitation infrastructure repairs and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) education to frontline health care facilities around the world.

Xylem Watermark is providing new funding to Americares, the majority of which is dedicated to the Americares COVID-19 response efforts. As the health-focused organization’s first water technology partner, Xylem Watermark has committed to support sustained programming for the next five years. 

“Communities all over the world are coming together to defeat COVID-19. This new funding for Americares is one part of our investment in our people, our customers and their communities who are working together in this fight that unites us all,” says Joe Vesey, senior vice-president of Xylem, and chair of Xylem Watermark. 

“We are seeing heroic efforts from essential services workers, health care workers and the organizations that support them. The support Americares provides to front-line health care workers focuses on exactly what they need to combat COVID-19, and we want to do our part to help them fight the spread of the disease.”

With Xylem Watermark’s support, Americares will deliver 50,000 protective supplies — such as masks, gloves, gowns and disinfectants — to health care facilities in under-resourced communities in the U.S. and around the world, and train approximately 2,500 health workers. The trainings will focus on infection prevention and control, including WASH best practices to control the spread of COVID-19.

Xylem employees will participate by volunteering remotely with the Americares emergency response team, developing a COVID-19 training module to help health workers halt the spread of the disease and prevent future outbreaks. 

“Good hygiene practices, including proper hand washing, are some of our best defenses against COVID-19,” says Americares Chief Medical Officer Dr. Julie Varughese. “With support from Xylem, we can improve hygiene practices now to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help prevent future outbreaks.” 

Longer term, Americares and Xylem will partner on water and sanitation infrastructure improvements at select health facilities hard hit by the pandemic to respond to long-term water and sanitation issues and build resilience against future outbreaks. 

Xylem Watermark’s support for Americares COVID-19 response is part of a broader, long-term commitment that aims to improve the health of low-income families around the world through improved education and infrastructure. Over the next five years, Xylem water and sanitation experts will work with the Americares technical experts to incorporate water and sanitation education and infrastructure improvements into disaster response activities and ongoing health programs. Xylem’s five-year partnership funding will also contribute to achieving the Company’s 2025 sustainability goals, including disaster-response commitments.



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