Nutrition-sensitization Trainings For Our Local Government Partners and Health Volunteers

Prior to the pandemic, the Philippines was already one of the top 10 countries worldwide with the highest number of stunted children. This is alarming since the risk of mortality among undernourished children, increases 15-fold if they develop pneumonia.

Because of this, we rolled out nutrition-sensitization trainings for our local government partners and health volunteers who are our allies in ensuring the health and safety of the communities we work with.

𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝗻𝘂𝘁𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 & 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵:…

Photo by Daniel Burgui for Action Against Hunger

Over 500 people are Able to Practice Proper Hygiene Habits Through New Hygiene Facility in Sitio Waterfalls

Jessa Ampoy used to walk 500 meters to be able to get to the nearest comfort room in the evacuation site where water wasn’t always available. She and the rest of the evacuees at Bongolanon, Magpet also prefer to take a bath in the nearby stream. They would walk a few meters to get there, but it sure is nearer than the bathing area assigned for the evacuees’ use.

Jessa is one of the 560 people who are now able to practice proper hygiene habits because of the newly constructed hygiene facility in Sitio Waterfalls as part of our #MindanaoEarthquake response last year, together with CARE Philippines and ACCORD Incorporated, and funding from EU Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid – ECHO.

It is very favorable for us. Where we get water is very far and steep that our backs hurt when we collect water…We are thankful for the new CR. It is very near. We no longer have to cram in the CR, because there are CRs installed per area. I will no longer be afraid to use the toilet at night,” said Jessa.

Distribution and Replenishing of Hygiene Kits, and Conducting Hygiene Promotion & Risk Awareness Sessions Throughout Conflict and Earthquake-affected Areas within Lanao del Sur and North Cotabato

Our presence in Mindanao go way back to our first humanitarian response in the Philippines during the year 2000. Two decades later, we continue to work with Mindanao communities, providing life-saving aid to the most vulnerable people in need. Specifically, we have scaled up our water, sanitation & hygiene interventions this year to help mitigate the risks of COVID-19.

We are continuously distributing and replenishing hygiene kits, and conducting hygiene promotion & risk awareness sessions throughout conflict and earthquake-affected areas within Lanao del Sur and North Cotabato. Additionally, we have been installing and maintaining touch-free handwashing stations in public places and health units.

This are a some of the notable work under our COVID-19 Emergency WASH Assistance funded by USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance and implemented together with CARE Philippines and PBSP.

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