hygiene

Football players chasing the ball in the sand

Blog: Football promotes hygiene changes in Somalia

Sports can be used as a tool for change to address social issues, including water and sanitation issues.

Nettoyage de canaux, Grande-Saline, Haïti. Photo : Chris Hufstader/Oxfam

Blog: Trois ans après le séisme d'Haïti : "Il faut davantage d'actions structurantes"

Trois ans après le séisme survenu à Haïti le 12 janvier 2010, plusieurs employé-e-s d'Oxfam nous livrent leurs impressions et sentiments personnels sur le travail accompli et ce qu'il reste à faire pour aider le pays à se redresser. 

J’implémentais un programme d’Oxfam lancé en 2008 en réponse à une crise alimentaire dans le Nord-est d'Haïti quand le séisme a frappé. Je suis tout de suite rentré pour renforcer l’équipe d’Oxfam et j’ai été affecté comme responsable de programme de la commune de Delmas.

Foto: un niño lavándose las manos en un punto de agua

Blog: Ruanda: agua potable para cientos de refugiados y refugiadas de la RDC

Ruanda es conocida como el país de las mil colinas, pero al llegar a Kigeme no estaba preparada para lo que significaba un campo de refugiados que aloja a más de 14.000 personas. Decir que el campo es sorprendente es quedarme corta: miles de tiendas se encuentran ordenadas en filas enclavadas en dos colinas, una de las cuales es tan empinada, que sólo se pueden instalar tiendas en tres cuartas partes de sus laderas

Global Handwashing Day 2012, Jamam camp, South Sudan. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Singing and soap unite communities on Global Handwashing Day

For many people around the world, Global Handwashing Day barely registers and certainly isn't scribed into the calendar like Christmas, Independence Day or Eid al-Adha. But for millions of others (this year an estimated 250 million in more than 100 countries took part in events) the occasion has become a moment to dance, sing and party often in the face of adversity – bringing life and energy to the simple but important message that 'clean hands can save lives'.

Photo: A boy is washing his hands at a water point.

Blog: Rwanda: Safe water for thousands of Congolese refugees

Rwanda is famous as the country of a thousand hills, but arriving in Kigeme I wasn’t quite prepared for what that meant for a refugee camp hosting more than 14,000 people. To say the camp is striking is no understatement – thousands of shelters lie in neat rows on ridges dug into two hills, one of which is so steep it can only house shelters on three quarters of its slopes.

Blog: DRC: Promoting hygiene behind the (prison) walls

I’ve often had to document Oxfam’s hygiene promotion activities in communities, schools, markets and other public places. But never a prison. Until now.

People living in tents next to a flooded area in Pakistan.

Blog: Women and children brave death and disease: Pakistan floods 2011

My field visit from Hyderabad to Mirpur Khas was like déjà vu. As we traveled to selected Union Councils (UCs) of Mirpur Khas (Digri, Jodo, Nau Kot and Fazil Phambiriya) I saw acres and acres of land on which cotton and sugar cane should have been growing, now inundated. Hundreds of people recently displaced because of the monsoon rains and consequential flooding running after trucks and vehicles for help; mostly women, children and elderly taking shelter under makeshift tents on the road side.

Camp de déplacés du Centre sportif de Carrefour, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Toby Adamson/Oxfam

Blog: Haïti : Oxfam forme des équipes et transfert progressivement la gestion de l’approvisionnement en eau

Pour Oxfam et les centaines de milliers de victimes du séisme résidant dans les camps éparpillés à travers Port-au-Prince, la capitale haïtienne, la phase de transition et de transfert de responsabilité à des comités locaux a commencé.

Depuis plus d’un an, Oxfam fournit de l’eau chlorée (jusqu’à 300 millions de litres par mois) pour aider à prévenir les maladies en s’assurant que les individus aient accès à une source d’eau saine et fiable pour boire et cuisiner.

Centre sportif IDP camp in Carrefour area of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Toby Adamson/Oxfam

Blog: Haiti: Oxfam trains camp residents to manage water delivery

In the camps where Oxfam works in Port-au-Prince, displaced people are beginning to pay for their own water

For the hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors Oxfam has been working with in camps scattered across the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, now is a time of transition.

For more than a year, Oxfam has been providing free chlorinated water – up to 79 million gallons a month – to help prevent the spread of disease by ensuring people had a clean and reliable source for drinking and cooking.

Water quality check, Petite Rivière (Artibonite, Haiti). Credit: Toby Adamson/Oxfam

Blog: Thanks to prevention, fear of cholera is dissipating in Haiti

Since the first cases of cholera appeared in Haiti in October 2010, Oxfam has taken specific action to prevent the disease. We have reached more than 700,000 Haitians with sanitation and hygiene promotion programs since. Sophie Martin Simpson, Oxfam’s Monitoring and Evaluation Officer in Haiti, explains what Oxfam and local communities have achieved.

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