Health for all, all for Health

26th April 2016

To honour this year’s World Health Day, November Charlie 4 raised awareness with local school children about how to wash their hands with soap using a comprehensive 6 step process. On this day we also met with the local women’s group to discuss personal hygiene, how to prevent illnesses like cholera, diarrhea, and water borne and food borne illnesses. Within this session, we also taught the same 6 step hand washing process, which we demonstrated then asked members to practice back to the group.

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Here I am teaching local children the hand washing technique

We recently held another event with local women on the topic of menstruation hygiene. A handful of women turned up, which we understand as it is a very sensitive topic, but we were happy with the turn out. During the awareness we discussed about how women should manage their period, how often they should keep clean, the importance of having a healthy diet and how to dispose their cloths/pads in the most eco-friendly and hygienic way. One point which came out of the discussion was that all the women said they have experienced period pain including back pain but do not do anything to treat it, so we discussed and demonstrated some simple exercises as an efficient, expense-free and easy remedy.

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My host mother Kumari practicing the hand washing technique

Kiteni is now the owner of it’s very first tippy tap, which is a simple hand washing structure which we built as a group for their use.  We decided to place it outside the communal toilet to a cluster of host homes, to encourage people to wash their hands straight after using the toliet. This simple devise, created an easily accessible way for locals to practice healthy daily habits of washing their hands with soap which can help prevent the spread of germs and illnesses. It is also a fun activity, which the local children absolutely love using.

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Alex, Chandan and David’s host brother Sargam using the tippy tap

Through the Participatory Rural Appraisal which we completed with members of the community we found that a  majority of people said they they want a health station within the village.  Currently, it takes up to 2 hours to reach the nearest local hospital in the town of Hetadua, which is also where the nearest supermarkets are based, for foods and essentials.

This is why we are here. We hope the activities and awareness raising we have done together creates a lasting impact on the community in Kiteni for improved access & behaviors towards water, sanitation and hygiene. The participation from the community members has been great, which we hope means the lessons and practices will continue and be sustainable.

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Personally, I pledge to raise awareness about the problems that communities like Kiteni face and strive to provide basic health facilities within them, so that everyone has access for a good standard of living.

Written by UK Volunteer Dhanisha Bharadia


Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Nepal