Community members in El Wak trained in the dangers of open defecation
Community members in El Wak, Southern Somalia, are trained in Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS). More than 600 households have been reached.
Community members of El Wak, Southern Somalia, have been taken through the hazards of open defecation.
This was as part of Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) "triggering" process that took place in five locations in El Wak town: Darkeley, Madino, Bulo-garas, and Wabari 1& 2 locations. Close to 600 households that have no toilets gained from the exercise, which was carried out this month.
Open defecation is the root cause of faecal-oral transmission of diseases such at typhoid, which pose an enormous threat to the health of community members. The main aim of CLTS is to eradicate open defecation.
”We are nomads by nature. Because of this fact, I have never thought of digging a latrine in my compound. Since my family and I moved back to the town, we have continued to use bushes behind our compound to relieve ourselves,” said Mama Khadija, a resident of Darkeley Location.
“Before this "triggering", I never thought what we are doing (open defecation) is the main cause of the many diseases that affect my children and myself. Since I am unable to dig a pit latrine by myself, I will request my neighbours to assist me,’’ she added.
After the CLTS training, community members promised to work together and construct pit latrines for their households. So far, 125 pit latrines have been dug. Eighty five households out of the 125 have started using their newly-constructed latrines, constructed using locally available materials.
This CLTS training is among interventions of Integrated Community Rehabilitation Programme that was launched earlier this year by AAH-I, in Somalia and its implementing partner, Nomadic Assistance For Peace and Development (NAPAD). The project's objectives include: to improve household food security levels, increase local knowledge and practices related to primary healthcare, increase access to Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), and improve livelihoods among the target population, all by 2018.