With people around the world celebrating Thanksgiving today, we thank God for the Trumpeter Community Health Project (TCHP) volunteers:
There is so much to be thankful for….
The Word is Out!
The volunteers have been visiting thousands of families in the Cassava, Munuki and Lologo districts of Juba, warning about the dangers of poor sanitation and working with communities there to raise awareness and to help transform attitudes and practices around health.
Cassava: Clean Water
Cassava sits close to the Nile and as a result the community get much of their drinking, bathing and cooking water from this contaminated river. This had led to a high spread of diseases such as diarrhoea, amongst children and adults and this is particularly lethal for under 5s. Tabitha Muthui, AID communications manager in South Sudan updates us on the situation now:
“In Cassava now the community is drinking clean water, thanks to Trumpeter community volunteers who have taught the community how to prepare clean water for drinking.”
“The community Volunteers have achieved one great milestone, to negotiate with a water company to supply clean drinking water for the community.”
Reducing the practice of open defecation (i.e. going to the toilet in the open rather than using a latrine) is one of the main aims of the TCHP; open defecation rapidly spreads disease into water sources and from person to person. So another great milestone for the volunteers is having mobilised the community to use plastic bags for solid waste collection. Waste collection means fewer dump sites in the area, resulting in a cleaner environment and lowering the risk of disease.
Lologo: Simple solutions
Diarrhoea is a major cause of child mortality in South Sudan, according to the WHO Health Profile study for South Sudan (2011) yet one which can be easily tackled by good sanitation practices (e.g. handwashing after visiting a latrine). In a community miles from the nearest medical facility, knowing how to make a simple oral rehydration solution can be lifesaving. In Lologo, volunteers have been training many more women in how to prepare these homemade solutions and as a consequence
“cases of diarrhoea among children under five have reduced” Tabitha Muthui
Munuki: Raising awareness
Trumpeter volunteers have also been active in Munuki in stopping the practice of digging boreholes (for drinking water) next to latrines, and in raising awareness of how this contaminates the water supply. Demand for boreholes has increased as Juba is facing a shortage of clean water due to the lack of fuel to support the distribution of it.
- Thank God for the ongoing work of the ‘trumpeters’ and all who are supporting them through AID.
- That the fuel crisis in Juba would be resolved so that volunteers can reach the areas where they are needed, waste can be collected and clean water be distributed safely.
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen” Ephesians 3:20 – 21