Civilization: It’s the distance between man and his waste

WASH Class 2-15-1 WASH Class 2-15-2What does the word ‘wash’ mean to you? A good scrub? Yes, that’s one way of viewing it but it’s not the only one: extend it into WASH – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene! We take it for granted that everyone understands the importance of hygiene but you’d actually be surprised at how little people fully appreciate it value. Because we cater to a community that has been affected by HIV/AIDS and we can’t afford an ignorant position on matters related to such basics, we take the time to periodically educate and remind our beneficiaries about why clean water and a clean environment are key. WASH matters because:

– Most diarrhea is caused by unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene
– Diarrhea affects 90% of people living with HIV and AIDS, significant morbidity and mortality
– Diarrheal disease reduces antiretroviral absorption
– Diarrhea reduces absorption of nutrients

HANDWASHING: In our last WASH workshop, we recognized that while the washing of hands is important but that in our area (where water shortages are abound), this is not always practical or possible. We therefore encouraged our families to embrace other local methods which achieve the same purpose such as washing with ash and using water from a tippy tap. There are economical, practical and very effective.

DRINKING TREATED WATER STORED SAFELY: We shared the importance of treating water with Aquatabs which are available in locally and are quite affordable. We also encouraged those who cannot afford them to make a practice of boiling all water that is earmarked for consumption.

FECAL MANAGEMENT: We educated our caregivers on waste disposal and explained how feces can lead to diseases or create unhealthy environment. This is a simple issue that can be handled with relative ease and which can make a big difference in the home of an ill person. It is as easy as:
– Avoiding open defecation and instead digging a hole where such waste is dumped;
– Covering the hole of latrines to avoid the flow of flies from the latrine to the other areas where water and food is;
– Using plastic bags to dispose of the stool from sick persons or small children who are not able to use latrines;
– Emptying the buckets or baby potties immediately after use and;
– Keeping the compound clean from any other rubbish that may encourage or bring flies in the compound.

We have many families that are in need of pit latrines and wish to appeal to anyone willing to sponsor one to inbox us. God bless and keep you healthy!

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