WASH (Water, Sanitization and Hygiene)
The Hawa Abdi Village is home to thousands of Somalis who have escaped from the pressures of war and famine. In any situation where many families are forced to live in close proximity to one another with no access to modern sanitization equipment, problems of faeco-oral diseases and the breeding of flies and mosquitos can arise. This is why the Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation is committed to creating a sanitized and safe community in our Village through our WASH program.
DHAF operates a bore well that servers as the sole source of free drinking water within a six kilometer radius. This well pumps potable water from an underground source, which is purified using chlorine tablets and stored in covered containers before being distributed to the population for both drinking and washing purposes. DHAF’s provision of clean water reduces the risk of the spread of water-borne diseases.
In order to curb the spread of diarrhoeal and vector borne diseases, DHAF strongly encourages and facilitates its Villagers to carefully wash their hands with soap before and after defecation, as well as before food preparation. Likewise, the Hawa Abdi Hospital is equipped with hand-washing stations and cleaners can maintain a sterile environment.
WASH is aimed at preventing the spread of diarrhoeal diseases and pathogen carrying insects, which are particularly lethal to our Village’s children. This means the construction of a series of latrines for each of our families, so that their excreta can be properly disposed of and processed. DHAF intends to install Bucket Latrines as per UNICEF guidelines so as to serve the health needs of this community whilst simultaneously providing our Villager’s with a measure of dignity.
We also seek to ensure that all of our sewage is disposed of safely and have cleaners hired to ensure that all of our existing latrines are properly maintained. In addition, our Foundation is in the process of procuring mosquito nets to ensure that diarrhoeal and other pathogenic diseases are not spread through an insect vector.
Currently, our Community Health Workers (CHWs) carry out household visits once a week to inform families about best health practices, such as washing hands before eating.
Our Goals in 2013
- Increase the frequency of CHWs household visits and ensure adequate follow-up
- Build a new incinerator to ensure best practices in the disposal of biological wastes
- Build new latrines to replaced latrines damaged during the recent conflict
- Increase the number of latrines available at the Waqaf-Dhiblawe School