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Empowering Communities for Healthier Living: WASH Initiatives

WASH stands for water, hygiene, & sanitation. It includes having access to safe, clean water, improved sanitation facilities, and basic hygiene practices. All of these concerns have close relations to public health. Goal 6 of the Sustainable Development Agenda focuses on universal, affordable, and sustainable access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). This is a critical public health issue in national and international development. In Bangladesh, 103 million people lack access to properly managed sanitation facilities and 68.3 million people lack access to safely managed drinking water. Additionally, 61.7 million people in the country lack access to basic hygienic practices. . (Source: UNICEF & WHO, 2021) Social Aid’s WASH program aligns with SDG 6 by delivering safe water, sanitation, and hygiene education. Progress in Bangladesh varies due to population density, urbanization, infrastructure, and geography. Ongoing efforts strive to overcome challenges and meet SDG 6 targets for universal clean water and sanitation access.

Access to Clean Water- Installation of Deep Tube Wells

In addressing the fundamental need for safe water, Social Aid implements community-managed deep tube wells. These wells play a crucial role in regions with unpredictable rainfall patterns, ensuring a consistent water supply throughout the year. With a depth of around 800 ft., each tube well provides daily access to safe and clean water for 50-60 households, benefiting over 300 individuals.

Access to Safe and Clean Water- Installation of Iron Removal Plants (IRPs)

Recognizing the health risks posed by high iron concentrations in rural Bangladesh tube wells, Social Aid instals Iron Removal Plants (IRPs). These plants are integral to providing safe and iron-free drinking water to rural inhabitants, ensuring the well-being of the communities we serve.

Access to Sanitation & Hygiene - Building Sanitary Latrines

Access to proper sanitation facilities and good hygiene practices are crucial to human health and well-being. According to WHO and UNICEF, a basic sanitation service consists of a sanitation facility that hygienically separates human excreta from human contact that is not shared with other households. Social Aid focuses on constructing user-friendly sanitary latrines at households, particularly in vulnerable communities. Our approach involves empowering communities with the knowledge and skills needed for healthy sanitation practices through targeted hygiene education and awareness sessions.

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