Linking WASH, nutrition and livelihood to health
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Addressing WASH, nutrition and livelihoods

In this 4 year proposed project H&H will be working in partnership with Johanniter International Asisstance (INGO) and Indigienious Community Support Organisation (ICSO-local NGO) in linking WASH, nurtrition and livelihoods to health. 

The overall goal of the project is to improve
 the health status and well-being of vulnerable rural populations of Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri and to contribute to poverty alleviation and socio-economic development by improving their health status. 

Although all 3 sectores are tied into eachother and connected, H&H will be addressing the WASH and Nutrition sectores while ICSO will be addressing Livelihoods. 

WASH and Nutrition by H&H 

Access to safe drinking-water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services is a fundamental element of healthy communities and has an important positive impact on nutrition.
Undernutrition is a major cause of disease and death, affecting billions of people worldwide, especially women and children in impoverished communities. Undernutrition is directly caused by inadequate dietary intake and/or disease and indirectly related to many factors, including contaminated drinking-water and poor sanitation and hygiene. Undernutrition in all its forms is estimated to contribute to 3.1 million child deaths each year, accounting for 45% of all deaths of children under 5 years of age (Black et al., 2013). Diarrhoea is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity among children under 5 years of age. Recent studies have found that improving a range of WASH services and practices in households reduces the incidence of diarrhoea on average, by one third (Ziegelbauer et al., 2012; Strunz et al., 2014). 

Cambodia has some of the lowest rates of access to sanitation and clean water across South East Asia, which significantly impacts upon the health and welfare of the general population. The economic loss due to poor sanitation amounts to US$448 million per year in Cambodia, which is equivalent to 7.2% of the country’s GDP in 2005. It is notable that 42% of this loss is attributed to sanitation-related health problems, while the rest is associated with the cost of accessing safer drinking water and the time lost due to unimproved sanitation practices.

Our specific objectives for this project are 
  1. Decrease the incidence of water born disases
  2. Impriove nutritionl status
Activities that we are doing to meet these objectives
  • Applying CLTS in 4 target villages to trigger them to improve their sanitation
  • Apply Sanitation Marketing (SanMark)
  • Piloting 2 water supply system that delivers piped water to households
  • Performing WASH awareness raising performances/campaigns in 22 target villages
  • Performing nutrition awareness raising performaces/campaigns in 22 target villages
  • Providing nutritional support and hygiene promotion to Tuberculosis (TB) patients who are receiving treatment in health centres and the referral hospital in Mondulkiri province