Installation of Latrines in Oral District

Project Installation of Latrines in Oral District
Objectives

• 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
Activities

• 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
Accomplishments

• 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

Background
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 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.