|Project||Hygiene Kit Distribution|
• To provide essential personal hygiene items to families affected by the typhoon • To reduce the spread and the number of diarrhoea cases in the affected areas • To uphold the dignity of the affected population
Distribution of Emergency Hygiene Kits
|Locations||Barangay Nasunogan • Barangay Kadaohan|
|Period||27 November – 13 December 2013|
1,038 Hygiene Kits Distributed to affected communities in 2 barangays
The health cluster reported an increase in diarrhoea cases throughout Ormoc and the five municipalities. The cases, however, were spread out across the different barangays (villages) and appeared to be sporadic with no clustering of cases being identified. However, there was still a concern that hygiene-related communicable diseases could be on the rise especially since many communities lacked access to clean water and did not have hygiene-related items with them. The WASH cluster had also identified an immediate need for hygiene education and hygiene kit distributions in the interior barangays to address the rising number of reported diarrhoea cases.
MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS
Two barangays in Valencia were identified by the Health Outreach Team and by the Valencia Sanitary Inspector to be in need of hygiene kits. The two barangays were Barangay Nasunogan and Barangay Kadaohan, both in the Valencia District. The distributions were carried out on two separate dates and covered all families within the barangay. Due to the sudden shortage in supply during the first month of operations, all items were purchased and shipped in from Cebu by the logistics team. The first distribution of 515 family kits was carried out at Barangay Nasunogan on 27 November 2013 and the second distribution of 523 family kits was carried out at Barangay Kadaohan on 13 December 2013. Each distribution was followed by a Health and Hygiene Education Session conducted by the Health Outreach Team that touched on the importance of maintaining good hygiene practices as well as sessions on specific health concerns
as observed by the team during the mobile clinics. Each family hygiene kit contained water container (can cover 4 gallon capacity), soap (4 bars), shampoo (6 sachets), 4 toothbrushes, toothpaste (6 sachets), bath towel (2 pieces), comb, nail clipper, sanitary pad (1 pack), laundry soap (1 bar), shaver and 3 pairs of slippers (adult and children).