|Project||Installation of Latrines in Oral District|
• To improve the health and quality of life of rural Cambodians by increasing their access to proper sanitation facilities • To build / enhance best hygiene and sanitation practices through sessions with the local communities, medication and food are also distributed to tuberculosis patients
|Project Partners||Life With Dignity|
• Construction of latrine units • Hygiene and sanitation awareness sessions • Bi-monthly Outreach Programme sessions
|Locations||Oral District, Kampong Speu Province|
|Period||March 2011 - November 2012|
• A total of 1,144 participants in 23 hygiene awareness sessions in the targeted villages • 128 participants in one session of Hand-washing Day at Kraviek village, Trapaing Cho Commune • 918 participants in 27 community meetings • 36 latrine units built
Lack of sanitation facilities continue to present a major public health menace. About 10% of Cambodian children die before they are a year old. Many of these deaths are due to preventable, waterborne diseases or mosquitodriven ailments spawned by the nation’s poor sanitation facilities. It is estimated by UNICEF that rural sanitation coverage in Cambodia is only 8%, making it the lowest in the region and the second lowest outside of Africa. In the absence of sanitation facilities, most rural dwellers use rice fields, banana groves and other water sources to dispose of their own waste — thus polluting the water on which they depend.
MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS
Responding to the situation, MERCY Malaysia together with its local partner, Life with Dignity (LWD), made a humanitarian effort to organise the installation of latrines projects in order to improve the health and quality of life amongst the community. A total of 210 families were identified as beneficiaries according to three criteria; poorest, poor and medium income families. The selected households participated in a training
session conducted by LWD. The community members were briefed on proper hygiene practices and were taught the technical aspects of latrine construction. Guided by a model plan, the selected households were responsible for the construction of their own latrine in order to instill a sense of ownership and to promote community participation.