Pioneering Improvements to Public Health – Oxfam in Sierra Leone | Oxfam GB
In Sierra Leone, West Africa, Oxfam is improving public health through better access to sustainable, safe and sufficient water, sanitation and hygiene services. For further insights into Oxfam’s water initiatives worldwide, see our showcase for World Water Week 2016: http://water.oxfam.org.uk/. In urban Freetown, busy market places have been made cleaner and more welcoming – particularly for women traders – through the rehabilitation of water and sanitation facilities, and installation of solar systems to power them.
At the household level, mothers are preventing family sickness thanks to training and hygiene supplies they are receiving via Care Model Groups. Simple solutions like effective water treatment, storage and handwashing at key moments can be transformative in lowering risk and improving health for vulnerable babies and infants.
In rural areas, Oxfam is boosting water and sanitation facilities at Peripheral Health Units and Schools. Educaid Secondary School for underprivileged children in Port Loko now has an active School Health Hygiene Club whose 34 members are keeping the new bathing facilities, latrine blocks and handwashing areas clean and supplied with water and soap. Oxfam also constructed a solar water scheme for the school with a 5,000 litre tank that is providing a constant water supply.