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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Sanitation refers to public health conditions related to clean drinking water and adequate treatment and disposal of human excreta and sewage. Preventing human contact with feces is part of sanitation, as is hand washing with soap.

Akeela Foundation Sanitation systems aim to protect human health by providing a clean environment that will stop the transmission of disease, especially through the fecal–oral route. For example, diarrhea, a main cause of malnutrition and stunted growth in children, can be reduced through sanitation.

Supports the provision of water and basic sanitation in communities while maximizing citizen's access to water and proper sanitation.

Projects include; Community Basic Sanitation (Schools, Households and Clinics); Municipal Support through Capacity Building on Wastewater Treatment plants maintenance and operations; Rainwater Harvesting; Fixing of Domestic Water Leaks; and Rural Communities Water Supply.

The benefits of having access to an improved drinking water source can only be fully realized when there is also access to improved sanitation and adherence to good hygiene practices. Beyond the immediate, obvious advantages of people being hydrated and healthier, access to water, sanitation and hygiene – known collectively as WASH – has profound wider socio-economic impacts, particularly for women and girls.

The fact that WASH is the subject of dedicated targets within the Sustainable Development Goal, is testament to its fundamental role in public health and therefore in the future of sustainable development. Indeed, access to safe water and sanitation are human rights and Akeela Foundation is here to ensure that is achievable.

Benefits of improving sanitation extend well beyond reducing the risk of diarrhoea. These include:

  • Reducing the spread of intestinal worms, schistosomiasis and trachoma, which are neglected tropical diseases that cause suffering for millions;
  • Reducing the severity and impact of malnutrition;
  • Promoting dignity and boosting safety, particularly among women and girls;
  • Promoting school attendance: girls’ school attendance is particularly boosted by the provision of separate sanitary facilities; and
  • Potential recovery of water, renewable energy and nutrients from faecal waste.

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    Many of our operations are in underdeveloped and developing economies where poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, environmental degradation and diseases such as HIV/AIDS. TB and COVID-19 are often endemic. Our coordinated thematic research in socio-economic assessment gives us an added advantage to identify and manage the operation’s social and economic effects. The thematic research involves; Profiling surrounding communities, Engaging with local interest groups to identify perceived impacts, Produce management plans, Publication of reports that provide the basis of the on-going relationships within the community, and finally Monitoring, and Evaluation.