Poor hygiene practices
Access to safe drinking water and a healthy environment is a first step towards reducing water and sanitation-related diseases (diarrhea, intestinal parasites, typhoid, malaria, hepatitis ...) and mortality. The installation of adapted equipment and the improvement of basic hygiene practices are therefore essential in precarious neighborhoods.
The promotion of good practices in hygiene, accompanied by awareness activities relayed locally and in the long term, allow a real change in behavior.
Eau et Vie’s reponse to the issue
Eau et Vie provides AWARENESS SESSIONS to water and hygiene among the population: workshops in schools and in strategic areas of the neighborhood (house courtyards, highly frequented areas ...). These sessions focus on handwashing (organization of the "World Handwashing Day", distribution of soaps and hygiene kits), menstrual hygiene, household hygiene and storage and use of water.
A large part of these awareness sessions are aimed at young people, in nurseries or schools. The school is an important place in the awareness strategy for several reasons. Indeed, after the family it is the most important place of learning. Childhood is also a key moment to learn certain hygienic behaviors: what children retain is likely to be replicated in their lifetime, which promotes the sustainability of the impact of the project. Additionally, these are places that are particularly conducive to the development and transmission of diseases.
Eau et Vie CONNECTS THE DRINKING WATER NETWORK TO EACH SCHOOL AND PUBLIC PLACE (health centers, places of worship ...) and installs appropriate sanitation equipment (toilets, washbasins at the height of the children, drainage networks of waste water ...). These services are provided by the social enterprise at a price suitable for the population.
The hygiene and water awareness activities are implemented by the local associations Water and Life Philippines, Water and Life Bangladesh, Water and Life Bulgaria and Eau et Vie Côte d'Ivoire, in partnership with the inhabitants and community associations, schools, town halls and local and international development actors.
"By 2030, to put an end to (…) malaria and other neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases."
"By 2030, to ensure fair access for all to adequate sanitation and hygiene services and end open defecation, with special attention to the needs of women and men. girls and people in vulnerable situations "
Even today, the data is alarming:
"2.6 million people die each year from lack of access to drinking water and sanitation, every 5 minutes."
"1.7 billion people are affected by diarrhea each year. More than 842,000 people - including 350,000 children under the age of five - die from it."
Source : 2016 Barometer of Water, Hygiene & Sanitation, Solidarités International, 2016