Latrines and Hygiene Promotion (WASH)

Project Latrines and Hygiene Promotion (WASH)
Objectives

• Raising community awareness on good sanitation among local communities • To improve the health and quality of life of rural Cambodians by increasing their access to proper sanitary facilities

Project Partners Life with Dignity (LWD)
Activities

• Construction of latrine units • Hygiene awareness sessions • Outreach programme sessions

Locations Aoral District, Kampung Speu Province
Period June 2011 to November 2012
Accomplishments

• A total of 2,370 participants benefitted from hygiene awareness sessions in the targeted villages • 226 latrines were constructed

Background

Although the villages in the area have a community-based management committee to advise and prepare local residents on risk preparedness, which helped mitigate against flood risks in 2011 and 2012, there are still many who need help. MERCY Malaysia returned with its local partner to respond to local health risks. It was found that children in the villages were highly susceptible to new water-borne diseases. However, timely intervention by health centre staff, raised awareness with the aid of LWD on disease prevention ensuring diseases did not claim more lives.

MERCY Malaysia efforts

MERCY Malaysia and ‘Life with Dignity’ (LWD) organised the sanitation project, consisting of the installation of latrines to improve hygiene awareness practices among local residents. For an example: several activities were conducted in targeted villages, (awareness campaign, sharing of knowledge on good sanitary practices and latrine construction) through conducting and exchanging visits among the villages. These activities improved hygiene practices for people in the district and increased the use and construction of latrines. The programme encourages people who do not have access to latrines, to build their own and they are shown how to as a sustainable outcome, of the joint project.