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SurfAid digs deep to help Sumbawa with 117 latrines

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Humanitarian Updates

Building latrines has profound and positive health effects

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 August, 2015 - Of the many communities that SurfAid donations support in Indonesia, seventeen are in Sumbawa – home to the world-renowned Lakey Peak, Scar Reef and Supersuck breaks. In the past twelve months, these communities have built 117 family latrines in Bima on the eastern side of Sumbawa.

Building latrines may sound like a simple thing, but the impact of a latrine, coupled with construction of clean water facilties and a hand-washing campaign, can significantly reduce the incidents of diarrhoea and respiratory infections like pneumonia. This is real transformative change for these villages.

One of the community members had this to say...

“I am happy and proud as I have my own latrine. I don’t need to go to the bush or rice field anymore. Especially when I need to go at night, I was scared , because there are often snakes in the bushes. Now I feel comfortable and safe. I can also use the (small protected area of the) latrine for bathing." - Mr.Afandi, Rumu hamlet

For things like handwashing, one of our most popular methods for behavioral change education is through community movie nights. Mainstream movies are segmented and "commercial breaks" are inserted. The commercial breaks are health messages from community leaders such as short clips on handwashing and hygiene practices. Other creative methods such as health quizzes in the local language have helped to greatly increase awareness on handwashing and hygiene practices.

Based on our latest survey, we found that 53% of the population have been washing their hands with soap and running. This is a very significant achievement compared to only 1% at the start of the program. With your ongoing help, we can continue regular health education campaigns and construct clean water facilities. We are confident that together we can continue to save lives, one remote village at a time.

Thank you again for your support.

Anne Wuijts
Country Director

Anne Wuijts

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