WASH efforts enhancement to besiege the outbreak of cholera in Rada’a and its outskirtsNFDHR:ADEL OTHMAN, Ahmed Al-Shami - Monday, 09 April, 2018
A new cholera breakout, more severe than its predecessors, as the rainy season begins through April and May, many concerns have risen by health authorities and humanitarian organizations operating in the country. The National Foundation for Development and Humanitarian Response (NFDHR) has been working to combat the cholera epidemic in Al-Bayda Governorate since October 2016 by supporting, rehabilitating and establishing water treatment centers (DTCs), oral rehydration therapy and promotional awareness activities, to enhance the efforts of the WASH activities.
The eradication of the cholera epidemic is closely linked to the quality of medical services, the progressive functioning of health facilities, the promotion of the outreach efforts and WASH activities owing to the inability of local authorities to pay for the operation of medical facilities. Since October 2016, the Foundation has rehabilitated, operated and provided medicine for five medical facilities and an oral rehydration center , and expanded awareness and hygiene campaigns to reach half a million beneficiaries (in 4 previous projects). In order to avoid a setback in the health situation in Al-Bayda governorate, the organization has taken the warnings of international organizations seriously and has adopted specific activities aimed at reassuring the principles and WASH activities of the community, as in the city of Rada’a, which is dedicated to awareness promotion that reached 37366 Or home visits implemented by the WASH voluntary team
WASH team carried out 1000 awareness sessions, and 10408 home visits; consequently, the total number of beneficiaries is 36487 men, 6911 women, 7341 boys 11222 and 11013 girls During the period between January-March 2018.In order to complete the prosperity of the efforts of the awareness teams, the Foundation was keen to implement a large campaign of cleaning in the early of April to clean up most of the revival and streets of the city of Rada’a before the rainy season to prevent the decay and rotting of waste the campaign lasted for five days, lifting and removing 3900 tons of garbage and waste accumulated for months, Preceded by a 12-day campaign to clean up the sewage network during the past 12 days, During which 4300 meters of the main network and branch of the residuals were cleaned which caused the network to clog repeatedly and the spread of sewage to residential areas and the spread of diseases and odors.
The deteriorating economic situation and the lack of the operating budget for the cleaning fund to operate and maintain the equipment and to pay the salaries of the cleaners are reasons for the deterioration of the environmental situation and the lack of cleaning services in the city. Therefore, the Foundation has worked to support the fund with tires, batteries, oils, grease and diesel to ensure the continuation of collecting, garbage dumps on a daily basis from the city of about 300,000 inhabitants.
The integration and cooperation of the efforts of the Foundation has directly contributed to the reduction of pathogens, epidemics and the siege of cholera and severe watery diarrhea in the city of Rada’a particularly and the districts of Al-Bayda generally, which caused in a noticeable drop down of the cases to two every day through the rapid tests at the (DTCs)in Rada'a and the outskirts of Rada'a