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Despite COVID-19 putting the spotlight on the importance of hand hygiene to prevent the spread of disease, many people in Mbakalo Ward in Kenya do not have access to handwashing facilities with soap. These people in rural and low-income areas are the most vulnerable and the most affected. Thank you to Core health and wealth international team for realizing that this simple solution can make a huge difference.

CoreHw is already setting up simple washing points to encourage hand washing at all times. This will prevent waterborne diseases and also help to prevent the Covid19 spread. The stones on the ground are simple soak pits to ensure proper drainage and avoid water overflow to other grounds. This technique is also being used to manage the rural bathrooms. That is an improvised pedal so that one doesn’t have to touch the container hence reducing contamination and possible reinfections.

“The soap training that happened a few days ago will ensure that at every wash point we will have soap”, adds Cleophas, the NGO leader. “We are not depending any more on the good will of others to give us soap or on money to buy soap”.

Mounting stands for washing utensils is also ongoing.

The consequences of unsafe cleaning of utensils on human can be deadly. Many of our people wash their utensils from a level ground, what happens when dirt from used utensils spills on already washed utensils?? They end up consuming the dirt unknowingly. In Africa, we have friendly domestic animals that would want to follow you wherever you go; the dogs, cats, chicken, cow, just to mention a few. And they won’t hesitate to step on your utensils whether clean or dirty. Raised stands will definitely prevent them from contaminating our utensils. CoreHW is using the available resources to raise stands that provides space for washing without relaying dirt back to clean utensils and drying up the washed utensils.

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