IRC Burkina Faso had an ambitious target: to reach 3.6 million people with an important public health announcement for good hygiene behaviours. A message of critical importance in times of Covid-19 and beyond.
Some of the cleanest and smartest toilets in the whole Bongo district are found at Foe Community Health and Planning Services (CHPS). This community health post serves more than 2,280 people in four communities across an area stretching up to the border with Burkina Faso.
Vivian Kumah has been the lead nurse in charge of the community health planning and service centre at Gambia No 1 for about four and half years – and getting water had been a problem for almost the whole of that time.
Water and sanitation comprise an increasingly important focus for global health and development philanthropy, but the approach has often been piecemeal, resulting in broken pipes and pumps, disillusioned donors, and suffering beneficiaries.