Vietnam water hygiene and health drk e. V

Vietnam: Water, hygiene and healthIn the mountainous and cool northern Vietnamese provinces of Cao Bang and Lang Son, people mostly live from agriculture. Households, communities and schools there often lack access to drinking water and latrines. There is also still a lack of information on hygiene and disease prevention. The Red Cross helps impart knowledge and build water and sanitation facilities. Disease transmission can be prevented in this way.

Imparting knowledge and building latrines

VNRC volunteers and staff are trained in hygiene and health care and then conduct training themselves in villages and schools. Even young children learn through play that handwashing is important to staying healthy. Red Cross volunteers and local artisans train to build, maintain and repair sanitation facilities. Improved hygiene practices are catching on. Many diseases can be prevented. Affected communities, schools and households gain access to clean water and basic sanitation facilities.

Ambassadors for health

VNRC volunteers and staff play a central role. In workshops, they learn how to pass on knowledge about hygiene and how sanitary conditions can be concretely improved. Red Cross volunteers and local artisans also learn to build, maintain and repair simple washing facilities and latrines.

Community members take part in PHAST training sessions. Participatory Hygiene And Sanitation Transformation (PHAST) approach involves residents, teachers and students in hygiene and sanitation efforts. Stakeholders identify specific problems. Develop practical solutions themselves. Once it is clear what is particularly lacking in a community, the necessary materials are provided, z.B. Drinking water tanks, pipes or latrines.

In local schools, teachers and students go through the proven CHAST training (Children's Health and Sanitation / Kindergesundheit und Sanitarversorgung). First, teachers get help with their lessons on the links between hygiene and health. With great dedication, the children pass on the knowledge they have acquired to their families and communities. In doing so, they have proven to be particularly effective ambassadors.

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