News Room | 31 December 2012

Health and Hygiene Education in 8 schools of Five Target Refugee Villages in 3 districts of KPK has been delivered

To improve health and hygiene condition of 100% school children in targeted Refugee Villages of KPK especially Mardan, Swabi and Peshawar, FRD with support of DRC implemented its WASH project with aim to bring change and sustain in behavior of the community through hygiene promotion sessions and awareness raising using different tools.
The project is being implemented with adoption of the child to child approach to mobilize the school children in particular and community members in general. The approach basically promoted the concept of “each one reach one”. Under this approach the field staff of FRD identified the teachers and school children to train them on health and hygiene promotion to disseminate the messages to entire community.  

The process of implementation was basically started with FGDs at all targeted refugee villages to identify problems related to health and hygiene followed by development of hygiene promotion strategy based on FGD’s findings. Under this strategy community based approach was utilized for hygiene promotion by mobilizing shura members, teachers and RVAs to conduct hygiene promotion sessions in schools. FRD reached out 8 schools conducting 209 sessions. Hygiene promotion session was planned and systematic attempt that enabled people to take action to prevent water, sanitation and hygiene related diseases and provided technical ways to facilitate their participation in healthy practice.

In order to create mass awareness regarding health and hygiene, two committees, one at school (SHC) and other at community level (shura) was formed. At school level school hygiene club (SHC) was a perfect source of C to C approach in terms of further disseminating the health and hygiene messages to students and community. At community level FRD reorganized already formed shora and trained them in 6 training comprises of 2 days each on hygiene promotion, maintenance and repair of the facilities, and ownership after exit. 2,888 Hygiene kits were distributed amongst children and teachers at the end of training. After completion project deliverables, the established system is handed over to SHC and Shura which enhanced the capacity of SHC and shora and strengthen the sense of ownership. The active involvement and participation of the community members and school children increased the sustainability of the intervention.

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