WASH

WASH stands for "Water, Sanitation and Hygiene" - several interrelated public health issues that are of particular interest to international development programs. Affordable access to WASH is a key public health issue, especially in developing country like India. The concept of WASH groups together water, sanitation, and hygiene because the impact of deficiencies in each area overlap strongly. Addressing these deficiencies together can achieve a strong positive impact on public health. Access to WASH, in particular safe water, adequate sanitation, and proper hygiene education, can reduce illness and death, and also impact poverty reduction and socio-economic development. Lack of sanitation contributes to approximately 700,000 child deaths every year due to diarrhoea, and chronic diarrhoea can have a negative effect on child development. In addition, lack of WASH facilities can prevent students from attending school, impose a burden on women, and diminish productivity. Realising the importance of the issue SATRA promoted one full time WASH team of 10 members in 2015 and since than we reached to the most inaccessible areas of Assam to promote best WASH practice.

SATRA WASH Activities:

Raising Awareness: Awareness raising for the importance of WASH is regularly carried out by our organizations through publications, wall writing and awareness meeting in community, school and activities on certain special days of the year, namely: World Water Day for water (22 March), World Toilet Day for sanitation (26 November) and Global Handwashing Day for hygiene (15 October).

Source Water Chlorination: This programme we carried out specially in pre & post monsoon beside teaching people we also aware them the important of it. On an average, we chlorinate around 1500 water source each year. Special chlorination drive is being carried out in the flood affected area particularly after flood.

School Based WASH Programme: WASH in Schools contributes to healthy, safe and secure school environments that can protect children from health hazards, abuse and exclusion. It also enables children to become agents of change for improving water, sanitation and hygiene practices in their families and communities. Strong cultural taboos around menstruation coupled with a lack of Menstrual Hygiene Management services in schools, results in girls staying away from school during menstruation. Therefore we conduct special Menstrual Hygiene awareness in school with teenage girls.

Menstrual Hygiene Programme: Menstrual Hygiene promotion is being carried out in the community with women group.

WASH Programme Implementing by SATRA:

WASH is an important component of Disaster Risk Reduction Project, presently we are implementing a DRR project supported by Oxfam (India) called “Brahmaputra River Basin Resilience Building Programme” in 30 flood affected villages of Darrang district. WASH programme under this project has shown very positive outcome in three years.

A post flood response programme implementing by SATRA supported by Tdh Foundation Lausanne. WASH is an important component under the programme, beside campaign for behaviour change the project also emphasis on developing infrastructure like constructing raised hand pumps in the community, providing people under the project area with hygiene kits, water purification tablet just after the flood. The result of WASH programme under the project is very encouraging and positive.

Implemented a WASH practice survey in Tonganagaon Tea Estate, District Tinsukia supported by Numi foundation of USA. Analytical report submitted to Numi Foundation to improve the WASH condition of the people.

Impact:

Raising Awareness: Awareness raising for the importance of WASH is regularly carried out by our organizations through publications, wall writing and awareness meeting in community, school and activities on certain special days of the year, namely: World Water Day for water (22 March), World Toilet Day for sanitation (26 November) and Global Handwashing Day for hygiene (15 October).