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Sanitation and Hygiene


Something as simple as hand washing can save lives of many women, children and families. Washing hands with soap at critical times, like after going to the toilet or before eating, can have a significant impact on children and women’s health. Good hygiene and sanitation practices reduce the incidence of diseases such as pneumonia, trachoma, scabies, skin and eye infections and diarrhea-related diseases like cholera and dysentery.

  • Research shows that regular hand washing with soap can reduce the number of incidents of diarrhea, a disease which can be deadly for children and women, by around 50 percent.
  • The key to improving hygiene and sanitation practices amongst women and children is to promote behavioral change within families, schools and communities. Sustain Micro Enterprise engages the vulnerable women, schools, children and families through information sharing and education about good hygiene and sanitation practices.

Key Sanitation facts:

  • 1 in 3 people don’t use improved sanitation.woman washing hands
  • 1 in 7 people practice open defecation.
  • 4 billion people worldwide who do not use improved sanitation (a facility that safely separates human waste from human contact)
  • Currently, there are 2.946 million people who go in the open, known as “open defecation”

Our work in hygiene and sanitation

Sustain Micro Enterprise promotes hand washing, toilet usage and behavior change among the vulnerable women, children and their families. We teach women and children basic hygiene practices such as washing hands after toilet use, hand wash before eating food, covering food and maintenance of hygienic environment.

We train women and their families to build “Tippy Taps” near their toilets so that hand washing after toilet use is easy. With Tippy Taps build near the toilets, families’ health improves and saves lives of the women, children and household members.

Sustain Micro Enterprise works with schools to promote good hygiene and sanitation practices among the children. Children are taught how to do hand washing especially after toilet use, before eating food and general hand washing, schools are helped to build “Tippy Taps” to facilitate hand washing.

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