Sanitation & Hygiene Africare’s African field staff works directly with local communities to educate them on how to improve their health and empower them to spread improved health practices to their neighbors. In Senegal Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) education is a major part of these activities, and since the Ebola outbreak began Africare/Senegal trained all our field agents on Ebola prevention and gave them protection supplies. We’ve elaborated our health action plans to have WASH/Ebola Prevention activities implemented in all the villages where we work. Tambacounda is one of Senegal’s regions sharing a border with Guinea, which is currently suffering from the Ebola virus, and in this region we are collaborating with several Peace Corps Volunteers to directly engage with the communities where they live.
Africare field agent Oumar Ba recently partnered with Peace Corps Volunteers Dario Bilakovic, Katie Curtis and Lindsay Swisher to organize two days of Ebola prevention and WASH training that reached 400 people across four villages. To learn more about the WASH program, and to see more wonderful photos from the event, check out their page here.
by Gorgui Sène Diallo, Africare/Senegal Senior Program Officer