ACT FOUNDATION & HACEY HEALTH TEAM UP TO BEGIN CLEAN WATER INITIATIVE
In order to curb the incidence of frequent water borne diseases in some selected communities in south west, Act Foundation with Hacey Health Initiative came together to increase access to potable water in rural and underserved communities. The initiative aims to increase access to clean water through installation of boreholes and community health training.
This is to maintain a focus on Increasing access to potable water in rural and underserved communities to enable ideal water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), Hacey Health Initiative has contributed key outcomes to various communities in south west states across Nigeria. Hence, various underserved communities have gained access to water, sanitation, and hygiene, this in the long run will create an ideal and sustainable society for all.
“According to the World Health Organization, WHO reports, at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with faeces and 844 million people lack access to potable water sources, including 159 million people who are dependent on surface water” Isaiah Owolabi, Project Director, Hacey Health Initiative informed.
It has also been discivered that contaminated water and poor hygiene are linked to transmission of diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea and dysentery. Also, absent, inadequate, or inappropriately managed water and sanitation services expose individuals to health risks and death.
He also added that the incidence of water borne diseases however varies greatly among humans. Young children and pregnant women are most vulnerable to waterborne diseases when there is lack of safe water, basic sanitation and hygiene. Other reasons that leads to millions of deaths are improper feeding practices, improper handling and storage within households and hand washing without soap before food preparation and after defecation.
“The targets were Lagos and Ogun states, fifteen communities were selected based on survey of communities with poorest access to potable water” He added.
The project commenced with advocacy in all the communities, followed with series of trainings focused on Water, Sanitation and hygiene (WASH) among pregnant women, community leaders, nursing mothers and children and ended with installation of boreholes in all the selected communities.
The selected communities had over 500 nursing mothers and pregnant women and 150 community for the outreach/ WASH trainings. The training was mainly focused on water treatment, maintenance and handwashing to prevent incidences of early childhood diseases.