In Nigeria, 68% of the population has no access to a toilet and more than 2/3 of the population don’t have access to adequate sanitation (Wateraid). In these communities, people are at high risk of spreading and dying from infectious diseases.
That’s where our Community Health Program comes in.
We engage vulnerable people in low-resource, densely populated communities to promote healthy living and important health behaviors such as handwashing, proper waste disposal, and safe food storage. We also engage community members on related topics such as the risks of self-medication, antibiotic resistance, and traditional medicine use.
We ensure they understand the public health risks they face every day and how they can maintain their personal hygiene, prevent the spread of diseases, and keep themselves and their loved ones safe and healthy.
Why focus on personal hygiene and environmental sanitation?
A number of environmental factors influence the spread of infectious diseases including water supply, food sources, and sanitation facilities. Good hygiene – particularly hand hygiene – is one of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent the spread of many infectious diseases including diarrhoea, cholera, dysentery, hepatitis A, and typhoid (United Nations).
Additionally, the economic impact of poor sanitation and hygiene costs the Nigerian economy the equivalent of almost 1.3% of gross domestic product (GDP) annually, according to the World Bank’s Water Sanitation Program.