|Project||Provision of clean drinking water via filtering systems at IDP camps, clinics and hospital in the Sittwe programme|
To provide awareness training on clean water and usage, and the maintenance of ceramic water filters
|Project Partners||Community Development Association (CDA)|
Distribution of ceramic water filters to clinics, Rural Health Centre (RHC) and Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps
|Period||2013 December to 2014 January|
• 100 Ceramic Water Filters distributed to 6 clinics, 1 hospital and 1 IDP camp • 70 participants from 1 IDP camp been provided with awareness training on clean water usage and the maintenance of ceramic water filters
In June 2012 inter-communal violence erupted in Rakhine State and reoccurred in October. Over 140,000 Rakhine Buddhists and Muslims were displaced and a vast majority continues to remain in camps located in both urban and rural settings in eight townships across the state. The supply of clean drinking water is a necessity that needs to be met in order to stave off a host of hygiene-related issues. Many camps still depends on water trucks to provide drinking water twice a day. The situation worsens during dry season where many only rely on water pond nearby for both washing and drinking.
MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS
MERCY Malaysia distributed ceramic water filters to 66 families in 1 IDP camp, 2 in each 6 health clinics and 10 to Dar Paing Emergency Hospital in order to provide safe drinking water for the communities. A total of 100 ceramic water filters were distributed. Camp Water Supply & Maintenance Committees were formed. The committee members attended the Usage and Maintenance of Ceramic Water Filters training courses. These training courses were held at five locations, with a total of 70 participants who attended.