July 03, 2014 10:15

Pakistan update: Engaging Women in Hygiene Promotion

  • In a series of beautiful portraits, Laura Salvinelli captures the protagonists of the "Women Community Hygiene Promotion" scheme.
    In a series of beautiful portraits, Laura Salvinelli captures the protagonists of the "Women Community Hygiene Promotion" scheme.
  • Subhan Khaton from Anwar Dad Pathan village is one of the promoters © L. Salvinelli
    Subhan Khaton from Anwar Dad Pathan village is one of the promoters © L. Salvinelli
  • Zahida Parveen, also from Anwar Dada Pathan village became a trainer as well © L. Salvinelli
    Zahida Parveen, also from Anwar Dada Pathan village became a trainer as well © L. Salvinelli
  • Saweeta Parkara Koli, showing a key item of the trainings © L. Salvinelli
    Saweeta Parkara Koli, showing a key item of the trainings © L. Salvinelli
  • Beneficiaries of the hygiene trainings in Umerkot District in Sindh © L. Salvinelli
    Beneficiaries of the hygiene trainings in Umerkot District in Sindh © L. Salvinelli

In Pakistan, Alliance2015 partners continue to cooperate in large-scale, ECHO-supported consortia projects, focusing on the reconstruction of shelters and on WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) measures.

Alliance2015 partners Welthungerhilfe, ACTED, Concern and Cesvi continue their cooperation in three provinces of Pakistan that had been affected by the floods in 2010 and the following years. The most recent programme targeted roughly 110.000 people both in the provinces of Sindh, where ca. 10 million of the flood- victims live, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), which also grapples with one million  internally displaced persons. The large-scale Alliance2015 multi sector humanitarian support project had received 4.7 million Euro in funding from the European Commission's Humanitarian Affairs Office (ECHO) and covered a period of 13 months.

Apart from the construction of ‘waterproof’ houses (including ca. 30cm high foundations made of fired bricks) for about 2.500 families, the building of latrines and the drilling of hand pumps - hygiene promotion featured strongly in this project. Especially the women profited significantly from this component, which focused on training hygiene promoters in a ToT (Training of Trainers) scheme.

“People started brushing their teeth” says Zahida Parveen from Anwar Dad Pathan village in Umer Kot District/Sindh proudly. She and Subhan Khatom, another young woman from the same village in Umerkot District, trained to become hygiene promoters in the FWCHP scheme (Field Women community hygiene promoter). They learned very much from the training and moved on to train other village women. This not only provided them with a lot of information on health and hygiene issues but also gave them more self-confidence and earned them respect in their community. They also received cash assistance for their services and could both afford to buy a goat to improve their family’s situation.

After the hygiene promotion trainings, they note that their village is cleaner and healthier now. They also feel better prepared for new floods. They now know about issues such as contaminated water and waterborne diseases and how to prevent them.

Background Information:
In 2010, Pakistan experienced the worst floods in its history in the wake of heavy monsoon rains.  More than 20 million people were affected, almost 2,000 persons lost their lives and almost 20 per cent of the country’s total land area was inundated. Alliance2015 partners initiated extensive relief interventions in the flood-affected regions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Sindh and Southern Punjab Provinces. The majority of the joint projects were supported by ECHO, amounting to over 30 million Euro of funding since 2010.