Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

There are currently a number of people without access to clean water and a thousand not using improved sanitation. Zidan Benevolence International is committed to addressing the ongoing challenges associated with the lack of clean water, sanitation and good hygiene around the country.

We work to implement strategies for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) improvements to increase access to water for agriculture and livestock, food security and maternal, newborn, and child health.

By applying methods of quality improvement, health systems strengthening, health communication and behavior change, and research and evaluation, Zidan Benevolence International supports WASH activities in low-income communities.

Zidan Benevolence International WASH-related activities include:

  • Analyzing and exploring the links between sanitation and population to fully understand the relationship to health problems
  • Providing technical assistance to reduce and prevent low birth weight, child stunting, and malnourishment of children
  • Providing technical assistance to strengthen community-led total sanitation activities
  • Addressing food security, water and sanitation, resilience, access to high-quality health services, poverty reduction, HIV/AIDS, and strengthening involvement of families
  • Designing projects to improve the reliability and quality of WASH services Supporting research to help inform how investments in basic sanitation may affect the health of children living in densely-populated slum settlements
  • Increasing the resilience of chronically vulnerable people, households, communities, and systems in targeted agricultural areas
  • We provide services to support WASH activities from strategic development at the national level to preparation of training manuals and monitoring implementation of WASH activities at the field level, with a heavy emphasis on community-led WASH improvements.

Diseases due to poor drinking water access causes waterborne illnesses such as diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio that kill young children and it’s very difficult to pass by two families when they have no a sick person or kid. T

hey keep on using local medicine or herbs to treat themselves. So, self-medication is the order of the day within my community though we try our level best to put out the ignorance from them by visiting their homes and contribute in drenching their wells though we lack funds to drill for them boreholes. Diarrhea remains a leading cause of death globally among children under five years of age.

Diarrhea contributes to nutritional deficiencies, reduced resistance to infections and impaired growth and development. Severe diarrhea leads to fluid loss, and may be life-threatening, particularly in young children and people who are already malnourished or have impaired immunity. As we know that diarrhea mostly results from lack of safe drinking-water, adequate sanitation and hygiene.

A number of interventions are effective in preventing diarrheal diseases, thereby positively impacting the nutritional status of those most vulnerable. These are: Access to safe drinking water (e.g. water safety planning (the management of water from the source to tap); household water treatment and safe storage), Access to improved sanitation facilities, Hand washing with soap at critical times (e.g. after toilet use and before the preparation of food) and Hygiene promotion, along with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation should be accessible by all.

The figure shows the community well contaminated water