|Washing hands with simple “tippy taps,” made with easily-available supplies,|
and soap or ash reduces the spread of disease.
Nafisatu Yunusa is excited about change. The 23 year-old mother of three lives in Marafa, a village of just over 600 people in Bauchi State, northern Nigeria, where the dry winter season can be hard. Red dust clouds the sky, vegetation turns brown, and there's no rain for months.
Information about stopping open defecation has helped to make the village a more attractive – and healthier place to live.
And the SHAWN programme has rewarded the community with a borehole and hand pump, so that water is now easier to access, even in the dry season.
The United Kingdom’s DFID supported this UNICEF project.
When water is easily available, good hygiene practices are also easier to implement.
Now that there is water in the village, and with women having learned about better menstrual hygiene practices, that problem has vanished. “The change has been so overwhelming,” says Nafisatu with a smile, “relationships are much improved!”
23 year-old Nafisatu Yunusa trains her community members
on good hygiene and sanitation practices.
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