In South Sudan, illness prevents adults from generating a livelihood and stops children from gaining a valuable education. Tropical diseases are endemic and malaria and diarrhoea contribute to one in seven children not reaching their fifth birthday. Even though these diseases are entirely preventable with the provision of access to clean water supplies and good hygiene practices, they still exist because water, sanitation and health services are completely inadequate.
This programme focuses on ten communities in Upper Nile, one of the country’s most remote and disadvantaged regions, providing clean water, supporting the adoption of household latrines and promoting better public hygiene practices to improve community health; reducing the risk of water-related diseases.
£248,098 invested to date
14,764 lives changed
I talk to around six families a week about hygiene issues. I tell people in the community how to keep their houses clean and about the importance of latrines and making sure that the boreholes are kept clean. I always talk with the women about good hygiene, about sweeping their homes. I even go to other communities to talk with them. People now sweep their compounds, and make sure all utensils, pots and pans are kept off the floor. People do not eat food on the floor but off tables.”
“The training I received was all about hygiene promotion. The key thing that I learned from training is the importance of latrines and personal hygiene in homes. Also, when children go to eat they know to use soap first. If I talk to women, they listen to me. I now have influence in my community.
The South Sudan proclamation of independence in July 2011 ended 38 years of devastating civil war and heralded a new beginning for its people. Unfortunately the world’s newest nation is also one of its poorest.
With infrastructure destroyed by war, four million people displaced and 90% of the population living on less than one dollar a day, communities need support. Tropical diseases are endemic and malaria and diarrhoea contribute to one in seven children not reaching their fifth birthday.
- Repair 13 boreholes and construct 3 new ones.
- Train ten new or existing water management committees to oversee water sources and maintain them.
- Train 46 village pump mechanics to service boreholes across the region.
- Help ten communities construct household latrines.
- Recruit and train ten Public Health Promoters.
- Develop and organise a range of public health awareness-raising campaigns.