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.
“People are developing a taste for healthy living. They want improvement‑compared to us and what we are doing, they want better.” Md Amin Uddin one of the elders in Arua village in Keshabpur upazila, Jessore district, Bangladesh is optimistic about the future.
"The spreading of Ebola and a range of water and sanitation related diseases can be dramatically reduced by strengthening and promoting hygiene behaviours," says IRC's Africa Regional Programme Manager and Hygiene and Sanitation specialist Alana Potter.