DACAAR’s WASH interventions help communities in Qarabagh achieve significant health outcomes – Afghanistan
Lack of access to clean water and health services has been a huge challenge in Afghanistan, especially in rural areas, where people have to walk for miles to fetch clean water.
Over the past few months, Afghanistan has experienced a severe outbreak of Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) causing severe illness and even death among those affected. According to the latest infectious disease outbreak situation report released by the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 1,18,000 cases of AWD have been recorded in the country so far while the disease has claimed the lives of 37 Afghans in 34 provinces.
According to the report, Ghazni province in southeastern Afghanistan has seen more than 1,000 cases of AWD as of August 13, due to the use of contaminated water from streams.
To help improve access to drinking water in the province, DACAAR rehabilitated non-functional water sources (tube wells and piped networks) in the Qarabagh district of Ghazni province.
In addition to providing drinking water, the distribution of hygiene kits, the dissemination of hygiene messages and the construction of latrines in the area are implemented within the framework of the project.
Ghulam Nabi, a 58-year-old beneficiary from Mulakhail village in Qarabagh district, says that after receiving hygiene messages, he now knows how to heed health guidelines and apply them in daily life to prevent/treat infections. family illnesses.
“My family and I are now used to washing our hands daily with soap and using other items from hygiene kits. I believe that, combined with the clean water provided by DACAAR, diseases have decreased by 90% in my family.” says Ghulam Nabi.
He further states, “DACAAR has rehabilitated the hand pump, which pedestrians and community members can use on a regular basis. The project has brought lasting change in our lives, which means better health and a better life.”
The inhabitants of Qarabagh are happy to have access to drinking water and to be informed about good hygiene practices. They thank DACCAR for the support.
Beneficiaries point out that they are determined to create a health committee for their village through which they can share hygiene messages with others, help maintain water points and work to eliminate diseases, to improve community health and prevent loss of productivity and resources due to waterborne diseases.
The project, funded by the Office for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), USAID is implemented in a consortium with PU-AMI and INTERSOS in 8 provinces of Afghanistan. In Ghazni province, the project includes the rehabilitation of 50 hand pumps and the improvement of WASH facilities in four local clinics in three districts.
DACAAR is committed to building and rehabilitating more water resources and providing hygiene and sanitation facilities to communities in need as recommended by beneficiaries with special consideration of the needs and concerns of women, children and other people with special needs.
Written by: Palwasha Azim