Water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation negatively impact food security, livelihood choices and educational opportunities for poor families across the world. Contaminated water and poor sanitation are linked to transmission of diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea and dysentery. Also, absent, inadequate, or inappropriately managed water and sanitation services expose individuals to health risks.
Safe water supplies, hygienic sanitation and good water management are fundamental to global health. According to UN, almost one tenth of the global disease burden could be prevented by increasing access to safe drinking water, improving sanitation and hygiene and improving water management to reduce risks of water-borne infectious diseases.
Inaccessibility to clean water and improved sanitation facilities, improper feeding practices, hand washing without soap before food preparation and after defecation result in frequent occurrence of water borne diseases, most especially children under age five, nursing mothers and pregnant women. These group are the most vulnerable in a situation where there is little or lack of safe water, basic sanitation and hygiene.
The Clean Water Initiative is a HACEY Health Initiative Project supported by ACT Foundation focused on improving access to potable water in rural and underserved communities. The initiative aims to increase access to clean water through installation of boreholes in some selected communities in south-west Nigeria and
capacity building on WASH for women, children and community leaders. Communities were selected based on survey of communities with poorest access to potable water. Our WASH action program in over 15 communities in Lagos and Ogun states has reached over 50,000 women in proper handling and storage within household, handwashing practices and proper feeding practices. Also, in order to increase access to safe and potable water, borehole installations were carried out in various part of the communities.
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