WATER, SANITATION AND HYGIENE (WASH) PROJECT | CLEFT LIP AND PALATE (CLIPP) PROJECT

Project Kingdom Foundation of Saudi Arabia and UNOCHA
Objectives
Project Partners Kingdom Foundation of Saudi Arabia through the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).
Activities
Locations Galachipa Upazila and Sarakhola Upazila
Period February 2008 and is ongoing until May 2009
Accomplishments

Overview
ON NOVEMBER 15, 2007, CYCLONE SIDR INDUCED
THUNDERSTORMS AND STORM SURGES INTO CENTRAL
BANGLADESH. WITH WIND SPEEDS OF UP TO 240 KM PER HOUR,
THE CYCLONE CAUSED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO THE SOUTHERN
DISTRICTS OF THE COUNTRY AS IT MOVED ITS WAY NORTH ACROSS
CENTRAL BANGLADESH. IN TOTAL, 31 OUT OF 64 DISTRICTS WERE
AFFECTED BY THE CYCLONE’S WRATH WITH 8.5 MILLION PEOPLE
AFFECTED BY THE NATURAL DISASTER AND 3,300 DEAD.
BANGLADESH’S MAIN WATER SOURCE IS FROM PONDS AND
MANY WERE CONTAMINATED BY DEBRIS, FALLEN LEAVES,
BRANCHES AND OTHER ORGANISMS. GALACHIPA UPAZILLA IN THE
PATHUAKHALI DISTRICT WAS ONE OF THE WORST-HIT AREAS AND
BECAUSE OF ITS REMOTE SETTING, IT WAS UNDER-SERVED BY THE
HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE COMMUNITY.

WATER, SANITATION AND HYGIENE
(WASH) PROJECT

Phase 2 of the WASH project took place at Galachipa
Upazilla from December 2007 to March 15, 2008. Its
aim was to provide safe drinking water and sanitation for
cyclone-affected areas by cleaning the area’s ponds and
repairing latrines. The project was designed to assist the
3,000 most affected families, with an average family size
of eight. Information on the families most in need of aid
was obtained through discussions with local authorities.
Among the benefits of the project affected families would be given access
to safer drinking water while also receiving hygiene education through
leaflets and community education programmes. Sanitation
was also improved with the repair of latrines. The key
difference in this project was the holistic approach that
included Health Education sessions being carried out in
the village courtyard and at schools. The topics covered
included hand washing, toilet cleaning (cleaning tools and
detergent were provided at each repaired latrine), healthy
cooking practices, proper disposal of garbage and the
home-made preparation of rehydration fluid with salt and
sugar for use during diarrhoea.This project was funded
by the Kingdom Foundation of Saudi Arabia through the
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
(UNOCHA).

Phase Three of the WASH Project began in February 2008
and is ongoing until May 2009. Covering Galachipa Upazila
and Sarakhola Upazila in the districts of Patuakhali and
Bagherat, it is aimed at providing sustainable safer water
supply and latrines, strengthening and sustaining the
operation and maintenance mechanisms of the installed
WASH systems and improving knowledge in communities,
local governments and sustainable institutions regarding
WASH, Health, Disaster Management and Livelihood.
The project not only helped to clean ponds but also
provided teh first two Pond Salt Filters as safe water
options in the district. The project was implemented in
seven villages, with 4,098 families located in underdeveloped
and remote areas gaining from the exercise.

CLEFT LIP AND PALATE(CLIPP) PROJECT
This is a capacity development project which began in
October, 2008, in partnership with the Dhaka Community
Hospital (DCH). The project aims to treat and correct
cleft lip and palate defects among the underprivileged
population of Bangladesh. It also aims to provide training
of the DCH staff and assist the hospital in establishing a
centre for reconstructive surgery.
During the first week of the project,51 children were
treated by MERCY Malaysia’s volunteer surgeons and
nurses. This will be an ongoing project, scheduled until
2011.