Eliminating pollution and supporting the water and health sector ... the nations emergency response
WATAN continues to work in partnership with UNICEF in 14 camps in the areas of: Harem, Maarat Al Akhwan, Batabo, Ad Dana all of which are in the northern countryside of Idlib. This was as part of the emergency response project with the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene campaign. WATAN continues to supply drinking water in the camps, monitoring the levels of chlorine in the water containers and tanks, this in terms enhances personal and public hygiene, and reduces the financial burden of the people.
In the interest of hygiene and sanitation, the transfer of solid waste continues in the previously mentioned camps, which helps reduce the spread of unpleasant odours in the area. Regularly cleaning out the septic tanks and lavatories in the camps also reduces the number of leakages in these areas. These activities reduce the number insects in the area, decreasing the transmission of infectious disease, especially diseases such as leishmaniasis.
The project also includes insecticide spraying, which is carried out periodically by field observers in the camps. WATAN continues to provide the camps with family hygiene baskets, and so more than 20560 individuals have benefited from this distribution. Classes have also been held to raise awareness about the importance of personal hygiene, particularly during these times. As of November, more than 27,300 individuals benefited from all these activities and these will continue to be carried out until the 10th of December.
This project has helped alleviate congestion in these areas after having decreased the distances which individuals need to travel to fulfil the demand of drinking water in each of these camps. Overall, this project has contributed to raising the level of general hygiene and supporting the partial stability of the displaced in their current areas of presence.