CLEAN WATER,SANITATION AND HYGIENE FOR VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES IN SOMALIA
Somalia is a water scarce country, with less than 49 % of the population lacking access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene services(WASH).
The global COVID-19 pandemic has raised the agenda of establishing hygienic practices , especially in vulnerable segments of the community, who are hardest hit in pandemics and outbreaks. Children are the worst affected, with studies showing that majority of child deaths can be avoided with basic WASH services.
SAF-UK is integrating WASH activities with all our running programs across Somalia, with a focus on IDP camps and host communities. We are regularly conducting hand washing training lessons in our centers, distributing hygiene kits among IDPs and conducting hygiene promotion through household visits.
As SAF-UK conducts WASH in communities, we focus on training more hygiene promoters and CHWs to conduct physical demonstration of latrine use as well as effective handwashing techniques. We aim to achieve this by instilling effective behavior change programming in vulnerable communities through setting more hand washing stations in our fixed health facilities and our mobile sites and supplying more hygiene kits in the communities we serve.