Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)
In communities, factors such as inadequate sanitation, improper hygiene practices, and limited access to clean water can significantly impact public health. To mitigate these challenges, the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) intervention aims to improve access to safe water and promote good hygiene practices. This inclusive approach ensures that persons with disabilities are intentionally included in WASH initiatives. WASH facilities are designed with universal access in mind, featuring ramps and proximity to water points to facilitate unimpeded use by wheelchair users.
HANDS, following the National Water Resources Policy and National Open Defecation Free (ODF) guidelines, implements WASH activities in rural areas using the community-led total sanitation strategy (CLTS). The goal is to achieve universal access to basic water services and sanitation. Effective WASH interventions have the potential to address issues related to trachoma elimination, soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH), and limb care.
HANDS' implementation of WASH activities in the rural communities of the 6 Area Councils of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has yielded significant benefits. Women, girls, and community members, including those with disabilities, now have access to safe water in close proximity to their households. Consequently, they are no longer required to undertake long journeys to fetch water for drinking and domestic use.