Regina (right) is 33 years old and has 4 children. Three of her children are under 5 and they often fall sick with diarrhoea. Diarrhoea is one of the most common killers of children under 5 in South Sudan and it is easily spread through defecation in the open and lack of hygiene practices such as hand-washing with soap after going to the toilet or before meals.
It is particularly difficult for Regina when her children fall sick at the same time. The most dangerous time for them to fall sick is in the middle of the night, as Regina has to wait until morning before starting the walk to take them to the health clinic.
Through the Trumpeter Community Health Programme, Regina has learnt how to prepare an Oral Re-hydration Solution (ORS) from ingredients in her house. Now when her children fall sick, she is able to give them this solution and prevent severe dehydration. This can be enough in itself to help the child get better or it can keep the child healthy enough through the night so that they can be taken to a clinic in the morning.
”I am very happy when the sanitation programme started in Lologo 1 (her community), funded by Anglican International Development, because we have seen a lot of changes here.” -Regina
Besides the ORS, the volunteers have also taught the community how to clean their homes, the importance of using a latrine and why it is crucial to wash their hands after going to the toilet.
”The second thing I have benefited from is that the community volunteers have taught us how to clean our homes – my home is now clean.’‘
Regina has now built a latrine for her household which her family all use: ”I have put water near the latrine so that everyone at the house can wash hands after visiting the latrine with clean water and soap. ”