Provision of WASH Facilities to the Marginalized Communities displaced by floods

Funded by:

Foundation Open Society Institute (FOSI)

Summary:

To improve the water and sanitation in flood affected area MOJAZ Foundation had implemented a project with title of “provision of WASH facilities in flood affected area of Muzaffargarh”. Under the project activities project team had mobilized the communities through a team of social mobilizers and formed 88 Community WASH Committees (CWC) with prime objectives of supporting the efforts of MF to identify and target the most deserving members and in organizing health and hygiene sessions in targeted villages. Behavioral modification based on continuous reinforcement through education and awareness building. Appropriate behavioral change communication approach was adopted to modify the health and hygiene practices, specifically Health and hygiene material was developed by improvising the UNICEF guidelines and Behavioral Change & Communication (BCC) material. The team had conducted health and hygiene sessions and educates community on BCC material and motivated them to expand it. For the promotion of hygiene practices kits were distributed to 650 households. The kit carries ; two towels, seven tooth brush, two large tooth paste, 12 soaps, one nail cutter, 1 disinfectant bottle 250 ml, three combs, and moisturizer. Proper disposal of human excreta creates the first barrier to excreta-related disease, helping to reduce disease transmission through direct and indirect routes. MF had constructed environment friendly latrines, posing minimum harm to the environment, and to reduce the defecation in open and unhygienic environment. MF had constructed 112 such latrines were constructed at 88 sites under the project. The design of the latrine was improvised to facilitate the disabled beneficiary, this point out the project philosophy of inclusive development by including the marginalized strata of the society. From total 08 latrines were constructed for disabled community members were constructed along with children and women friendly latrine for general public. For further promotion and adoption of improved hygiene conditions a bathing and laundry facility was constructed adjacent to each latrine. A washing station (wash basin) was installed outside of the latrine-bath-laundry setup to promote hand washing after defecation. In total 88 such facilities were constructed benefitting 650 households. In post disaster scenario clean drinking water was the most sought after commodity. Under the project 25 existing/ new water sources were rehabilitated/ installed in the villages where there was no water source so as to provide water to the flood affected population. In order to maximize the utilization of the limited financial resources, hand pumps were installed at a central location where maximum people could derive benefit from the water scheme. So water had to be transported to the residences from the centrally located water source, and the project provided one 20 liters plastic container (jerry cans) to each of the 650 households to transport water. Water sources suffered pollution and water from those sources needed to be cleaned for bacteria and other germs, an effective and plausible solution for this was to use water purification tablets to the affected population. Water purification tablets were provided to 650 households for 90 days.

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