WASH Project in Sandy Village

Project WASH Project in Sandy Village

• Health: To provide better, proper health services for the targeted communities through mobile and village clinics • Sanitation: To improve the sanitation level of community members by facilitating access to latrines and education on best sanitation practices • Hygiene Promotion: To improve the hygiene level of community members through hygiene education sessions

Project Partners GOLD Myanmar, Kyauk Tan Health Department and Sandy Development Organisation (SDO) and Department of Health (DOH)

• Project orientation to communities (1 meeting per village; total 6 villages) • Strengthen capacity of the existing local development group (i.e. SDO) and community representatives • Facilitate local development group to draw its own action plans • Mobile clinic once per month (i.e. 10 sessions in total) • Special health talks on common health issues or seasonal illness or diseases (at least 3 times) • Setting up a community-managed village clinic and dispensary (manned by 3 volunteers which will be trained) • Construction of latrine units (total 180 latrines) • Conduct Training of Trainers for selected volunteers on hygiene and sanitation topics (i.e. 2-3 volunteers per village) • Hygiene and sanitation education sessions (i.e. carried out by the trained volunteers; each volunteer conducts 4 sessions, each session will have maximum of 15 participants) • Continuous monitoring & evaluation (M&E

Locations Kyauk Tan Township, Yangon Region, Myanmar
Period April 2012- March 2013

• 10 community meetings held • 10 mobile clinic services provided • 3 special health talks on common health issues or seasonal illness/ diseases delivered • 1 village-managed clinic established • 3 village volunteers trained to be involved in village clinic functioning • 20 village volunteers conducted hygiene and sanitation promotion sessions • 180 latrine units constructed, used and sustained

People are living in substandard health status due to poverty and
the lack of accessibility to facilities. Communities living in rural
areas have zero or inadequate access to proper sanitation facilities
as the government is unable to provide sufficient health services.
Insufficient knowledge and limited awareness on topics related
to health, hygiene and sanitation will give rise to illness unless
proper measures are put into place to ensure that communities are
made aware of, and given the opportunity to construct, use and
maintain proper latrines.

MERCY Malaysia’s efforts

Target communities have the benefits of village-managed clinic
construction, monthly mobile clinic services, health education
awareness rising, and construction and use of latrines. All
community members who have been provided the latrines
demonstrated their participation in kind to build those latrines
as well as for village clinic construction. Households who have
latrines shared their views with other community members
in the same village and with those from other villages. As a
consequence of working in partnership and cooperation with
villages development committees, they demonstrated increased
ownership over the issues and committed in providing awareness
on the issues to other community members where needed.
From the evaluation in the EoP event, the beneficiaries of the target
villages mentioned that they felt happy and grateful to the donor
and GOLD Myanmar team for providing health care services in
this project area. They could access this mobile clinic without
delay and any expenses. One of the successes of this project is
where some patients are able to get to the hospital on time due to
the diagnosis of the doctors in the case of vaginal infection- CIN
stage 1).