HACEY Trains Community Leaders and Influencers on Water Source Protection and Safe Hygiene Practices

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Access to clean water forms an integral part of women and children’s fight against infections, especially waterborne diseases. Over 44 million pregnant women contact chronic infections due to lack of clean water during pregnancy (UNICEF, 2003). Infections from contaminated water have also been shown to have a severe impact on young children under 5. Poor access to clean water also puts women at risk, placing the physical burden on them in sourcing for it. When clean water is insufficient in a household, it places a higher risk of pregnant women and young children as they are more susceptible to water and sanitation related diseases. Access to clean water not only prevents the transmission of water-related infections among women and children, but it also removes the danger involved in them having to go a long distance in search of clean water.
Through the Clean Water Initiative, HACEY Health Initiative with support from Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation is improving access to potable water in rural and underserved communities. The initiative is increasing access to safe drinking water and providing sustainable solutions that will reduce water-borne diseases like diarrhoea, cholera, dysentery and typhoid fever, and through capacity building for community women and children on safe water practices.
HACEY engaged stakeholders within the community by training them on keeping water clean and building their capacity to improve safe water practices among community members. Community leaders were sensitized on the benefits of the ensuring clean water is always available and tasked to work together to adapt the project to adequately meet the water needs of the community as well as to influence community members to protect water sources.
Chief Akande from Araromi Badagry while speaking about the initiative said that; “this is very timely and important for this community. One of our major vices in this area is open defecation which leads to the high prevalence of diarrhoea especially among infants”.
We are calling on key stakeholders across different sectors to increase investment in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for women and children especially those in rural and underserved communities as this will go a long way in achieving a healthy and productive society.