Ethiopia: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Programs
WASH programs reduce susceptibility to diarrhea-related morbidity and mortality among malnourished children and pregnant or lactating women who lack access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities. As part of the WASH program, International Medical Corps staff constructs communal latrines in health centers and installs roof rain water harvesting systems. We procure and donate water storage containers and water purification materials to households and health posts. We rehabilitate a water boreholes; shallow hand dug wells and springs that improve water supply systems. We construct sex-segregated institutional latrines, in additional to medical waste incinerators and placenta pits at various public health facilities. Furthermore, we provide training to health workers and community volunteers on Community-Led Total Sanitation and hygiene.
International Medical Corps currently works in three Somali refugee camps to improve access to sanitation and hygiene facilities for over 130,000 refugees. These efforts complement the ongoing emergency nutrition and health programs International Medical Corps is already running in these camps. Through mass awareness campaigns and home visits, International Medical Corps educates refugees on hand-washing, hygienic latrine usage, safe-water chains and solid waste disposal. Waste collection sacks are provided to families for deposit in waste collection bins throughout the camps, and donkey carts are then utilized to transport solid waste to safe landfills.
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