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Fighting open defecation in Uran community, Sololo

Posted Jan 9, 2014

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Uran is one of the communities in Sololo district in the northern part of Kenya inhabited by the Borana tribe in Marsabit County. People living here are pastoralist who for a long time have been known not to pay much attention to issues to do with hygiene, as a matter of fact even the culture did not encourage the practice of proper bodily or environmental hygiene, here open defecation is common place, utensils used during meal times do not get washed until the next meal time; traditionally, house flies are seen a symbol of household doing well (wealthy), the more the houseflies the wealthier a household is perceived to be or will be in the future in terms of owning animals. It is not surprising therefore to find that diarrhoea is among the common health problems together with Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, pneumonia and malnutrition.
It is against this backdrop that FH-Kenya undertook to improve the hygiene conditions for the households in Uran, FH-Kenya trained ‘mother to mother’ support group, community health committees and community health worker on Safe human waste disposal, safe water use, proper solid waste management topics and importance of regular use of latrines and having dish racks.
These groups of people have since been involved in spreading the message of sanitation and hygiene among the community members and encouraging household to construct households of their own. Much success continues to be seen given the fact that it is mothers who are most engaged and have a greater influence on issues concerning hygiene. Community members continue to build new latrines, bathrooms, dish racks and digging refuse pit. So far it is like a competition in the community with about 87 new latrines, 100 bathrooms and 100 dish rack already constructed since the start of the intervention. It is only a matter of time before this community is declared ODF.

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