Our projects aim at securing access to clean water and basic sanitation, which are both necessary for the life and development of communities. When faced with health risks, our aim focuses on reducing diseases related to poor water, hygiene and sanitation conditions. Hygiene promotion is related to improved quality of life through awareness-raising campaigns.
Water is important not only in terms of improving public health but also for daily sustenance – crops, livestock, industry and trade all depend on access to water. Water supply conditions have an effect on health, hunger and poverty as well as community development.
Our water, sanitation and hygiene programs have the aim of preventing malnutrition and waterborne diseases, both in emergency situations and post-emergency and development contexts. We cannot fight malnutrition without dealing with the diseases that contribute to its existence. As part of our comprehensive focus on hunger, we help provide access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in needy communities all over the world.
OUR APPROACH TO WATER SANITATION AND HYGIENE:
OFFER ACCESS TO DRINKING WATER
In emergencies, we distribute water using tank trucks in affected areas, as well as setting up water tanks and deposits. When there is not enough water or it is unsafe, we drill and decontaminate wells, install water pumps, protect natural springs and aquifers, overhaul damaged infrastructure and bring water to hard-to-reach communities.
PROMOTE SANITATION AND HYGIENE
To prevent outbreaks of disease during a crisis, our teams in the field distribute hygiene kits and build latrines and hand-washing stations. In at-risk communities, we provide water filters and teach good hygiene practices like washing hands, cooking with clean utensils and drawing water from protected sources.
ENSURE LASTING CHANGE
Our commitment to community participation secure self-sufficiency in the long term. We provide community committees with training to manage their water and sanitation infrastructure themselves. We also organize health teams to show good practice in sanitation and hygiene to the rest of the community.