Insufficient hygiene practices

Access to safe water and a healthy environment are the first step in reducing diseases in slums, but they prove their efficiency only if families put in practice adequate hygiene measures. Most of slums inhabitants have a PARTIAL KNOWLEDGE OF BASIC HYGIENE, and rarely put it in practice. It is mainly related to the lack of safe water access, adequate quantity of water or its availability in critical places. The lack of soap is also problematic.

Once water and soap access has been guaranteed, promotion of good hygienic practice must be accompanied by repeated awareness raising activities and relayed at local level to enable a real change in people habits.

"Although people all around the world use water to wash hands, very few of them use soap at critical times (for instance, after toileting, cleaning up a child and before touching food). Hand-washing with soap is a cheap and one of the most efficient way to prevent both diarrhea and pneumonia. Nevertheless, even though it can save life, hand-washing with soap is rarely practiced."

   Source: Global Hand Washing Day


Eau et Vie respond

Eau et Vie provides water and hygiene AWARENESS RAISING SESSIONS toward the population (workshops at school, organisation of the "Global Hand Washing Day"...)...

Eau et Vie aims to CONNECT EACH SCHOOL AND PUBLIC PLACE (health centers...) WITH WATER NETWORKS of the local social business, and install appropriate equipments (washbasins lowered to children level...) to implement good hygienic practice.


Local organisations

Local organisations, Water and Life Philippines and Water and Life Bangladesh, work in partnership with communities, schools, city halls, and local and international development actors.

"Reduce infant and child mortality."

"From 1990 to 2015, halving the under-5 mortality rate."

Goal 4 and target 4A of Millennium Development Goals (United Nations)

Data remain alarming:

Each day 4,000 children die from diarrhea, caused by contaminated water.

The cost of water-related diseases is estimated to 443 million school days, meaning a whole school year for each under-7 Ethiopian child.

Source: Oxfam

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