WATER, SANITATION AND HYGIENE (WASH)
ASDEF believe that access to WASH, in specific safe water, adequate sanitation, and proper hygiene education, can reduce illness and death, and also impact poverty reduction and socioeconomic development. The main objective of ASDEF’s WASH program is to respond to the water crisis by increasing local awareness of the WASH situation while further encouraging mobilization around the emergency needs of the most vulnerable communities.
Sanitation is the intervention to reduce human exposure to disease by providing a clean environment which is done by provision of toilets. 946 million people go in the open, known as “open defecation”. While progress has been made to improve access to sanitation in some parts of the world, millions of people in poor and rural areas have been left behind. Currently, 1 in 7 people, of 946 million people, practice open defecation. Of those who do, 9 out of 10 live in rural areas.
ASDEF aims at promoting communities on good hygiene practices like hand washing after going to the toilet and before any contact with food, especially for children to prevent disease. Something as simple as hand washing can save lives. .