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Water & Sanitation
In Timor-Leste over 80% of healthcare facilities (HCFs) do not have the basics such as:
To address this crisis, WaterAid is building on the progress towards ending open defecation in Liquica and Manufahi, to strive towards the next level identified in the National Sanitation Policy: Hygienic Status, requiring sustainable Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) services in HCFs.
WASH is essential for delivering quality care, particularly for women and newborns during the vulnerable time of childbirth. With only 34% of women accessing HCFs in rural areas for childbirth, clean and safe HCFs will play an important role in increasing demand for, and trust in, services and reducing the risk of potentially deadly infections for mothers and their newborns during childbirth. Furthermore, safe WASH can result in cost savings from infections averted and more efficient service delivery.
WaterAid has worked with local partners, and government to conduct the following activities:
Working in collaboration with and engaging the community from the start of any project is part of WaterAid’s approach to ensure buy-in and sustainability.
The chief of the Community Health Center in the Manufahi Municipality, Mr. Jose is so proud of the ongoing collaboration with partner NGOs like WaterAid and local implementing partners in several health posts. He is especially proud of the Sanitation and WASH in Healthcare Facilities Program and the establishment of accessible and user-friendly public toilets equipped for people living with a disability at healthcare facilities in Manufahi municipality.
“I’m very thankful to our partner organisations like WaterAid and its implementing partners; for their collaboration”.
Asking about any changes or benefits from this collaboration, Jose confirmed there is a significant change this year in these healthcare facilities. “As we have put in action the inclusivity in our services in the facilities, there is no discrimination to people with disability in accessing toilets in the HCF, and by having these accessibilities, our community can imitate the same type of accessibility for their relatives who might be living with a disability.”
Our program in Manufahi and Liquica continues in 2021, and works towards achieving the below priorities: