Children getting water from one of the newly sunk borehole in kano state Nigeria. Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) are critical in the prevention of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and other diseases such as Covid-19. More efforts on WASH are urgently needed if the global NTD roadmap targets are to be met. This is especially needed for NTDs & Covid where transmission is most closely linked to poor WASH conditions such as soil-transmitted helminthiasis, schistosomiasis, trachoma and lymphatic filariasis including lymphodema management. In Nigeria, there is inequitable distribution of water in most communities, as a result, people in such areas resort to fetching safe water from a distance and where such is not available, they are forced to source for water from unsafe sources such as rivers, streams, ponds etc. The community members on most occasion do not know how to purify the water for end use. In some occasions, communities have access to safe water but do not access it largely due to ignorance or poor understanding of the relevance of safe water. As a result, it leads to water related infections such as parasitic, bacterial and vector borne diseases amongst others. The 6-month project “Improving Access to WASH in Kano State to eliminate NTDs and protect against Covid” is implemented by Nigerian NGO HANDS and funded by CBM UK. The project includes building/repairing inclusive community water points (boreholes) in 10 communities, training and equipping community members to manage and maintain the water points.

CBM-supported MINT project, Kenya

Trachoma is a Neglected Tropical Disease and is the cause of sight problems for about 2.2 million people worldwide, with people living in poverty and struggling to access clean water and sanitation at particular risk. It is highly infectious and is often picked up by children and then passed onto their mothers, who are generally their main care givers.

Treating and preventing Neglected Tropical Diseases requires a long-term, holistic approach.

CBM in action

CBM’s Meru Inclusive NTD Trachoma (MINT) project in Kenya has been working closely with the community to help them protect themselves from trachoma, through better access to clean water so families can keep their faces, clothes and bedding clean. We’re also supporting the construction and maintenance of basic toilets to decrease flies. Both of these are proven sustainable methods of reducing the chances of infection.

Additionally, CBM’s MINT project is also working with local partner DOM-SPARK to reach people with trachoma and other disabilities across Kenya, and provide them with access to physiotherapy services with the use of assistive devices such as walking canes, glasses, crutches and prostheses.

DOM-SPARK is one of the few organisations across the country that can provide prostheses which means the demand for their services is far and wide. Supporting people with disabilities to access prostheses and assistive devices tailored to their personal needs will not only improve their mobility and independence, but will help to open up a wider range of employment and education opportunities.

Your gift today will enable DOM-SPARK’s workshop to expand to meet the current large demand for services for people with disabilities across Kenya.

For further information please contact Bekah Greenbank at rebekahg@cbmuk.org.uk or 01223 484739


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