Whether in crowded homes of relatives or cramping in evacuation sites, information and education on hygiene and sanitation are important to remind Marawi’s internally displaced communities about preventing health risks and related diseases.
To this end, Maradeca Inc. and its partners hold “hygiene promotion” initiatives in 30 evacuation villages in Pantar, Saguiaran, and in Marawi city from January 11 to February 28.
A total of 3,000 participants in separate sessions have attended to these activities in their respective places.
Experts opined that sanitation and hygiene are critical to health and personal development specially when surviving in populated centers.
In evacuation sites where access to safe facilities and healthcare services are challenges, increasing IDPs knowledge on maintaining hygienic conditions is essential.
Aside from ensuring that garbage and wastes management are practiced, basic healthcare are also taught to complement the services of health centers organized by Department of Health (DoH) and its partners for displaced communities.
Topics in these educative sessions focused on access and use of toilets and latrines, garbage disposal, sanitation solutions during emergency response, and some guidance to reduce health-related risks.
“Akala ko okay lang ang mag-popo na hindi gumagamit ng sabon. Hindi pala sapat na tubig lang, Ngayon alam ko na mas mainam mag-gamit ng sabon pagkatapos mag-banyo lalo na’t may sanggol akong dumidede sa akin,” said Caironesah Amintao, an evacuee from Marawi city who temporarily settled at baranagay Campong of Pantar town.
This is also part of translating protection principles for IDPs whose health are more vulnerable and at risks in cramp evacuation sites or in overpopulated evacuation households.
The educational sessions were conducted by supervisors of Child Friendly Spaces and social mobilization officers of MARADECA Inc.
This initiative was supported by Catholic Relief Services (CRS).