Access to drinking water and sanitation is a basic human right and an essential condition for a healthy life, but that doesn’t mean it’s distributed equally around the world. Contaminated drinking water, poor sanitation and poor hygiene are an urgent and growing health problem.
Many people in the rural West Bengal still use unsafe drinking water sources and are lacking improved sanitation facilities. Contaminated water is the leading cause of preventable diseases (such as diarrhoea, typhus and cholera), deaths and economic loss. More people die of diarrhoea every day than HIV or AIDS – yet this can be easily prevented when adequate WASH services are in place. Furthermore, water is essential for increasing food security and for other development goals, such as education and gender equality.
Increasing access to safe drinking water and sanitation, and informing communities about proper hygiene, reduces the chances of contracting many diseases. Children go to school more often, families spend less on medication and women have more time for work, the family, housekeeping and food production.
We launched programmes on Safe drinking Water like installation of Tube Wells to facilitate maximum number of people maintaining Government Standard Rule of 250 people per Tube Well. Not only that, SSDC introduced ‘Jalabandhu’ with potential Local Youths & Women’s Group. The Jalabandhus have been provided with Tool Kit and trained for maintenance of these Tube Wells. Quality of Water is tested by collecting Water samples. and these samples are sent to Block & District Level Water Testing Laboratories. SSDC is also concerned about groundwater contamination of Arsenic Health Hazards affecting millions of Village People and Agriculture. This contamination of Water comes from deep Tube Wells tainted with Arsenic Deposits. We organized massive Sanitation Campaign like Household Visit, Awareness Programmes & Camps, Group Discussions, Mass Meeting, Demonstration, Role Play, Puppet Shows, Hoardings, Wall Paintings and distribution of Leaflets.
SSDC motivated people to construct Household Toilets as per materials available locally with safe disposal of solid and liquid wastes. Construct additional Toilet for Girls in School. Prevent Waterborne Diseases by adopting General Hygiene in day to day life. In recent time, increase in Subsidy to construct Household Toilets has evoked good response. SSDC also observed that Women and Adolescents face several problems and complications during Menstruation Period affecting their normal life. Many of them suffer from various Gynaecological Problems which abstain them from attending Schools. We brought qualitative change in the Communities through proper supply of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
SSDC Started educating people about General Hygiene at all levels. The HealthCare Education was imparted through Household Visits, Group & Village Level Meetings, Hoardings, Role Play, Puppet Shows, Magic shows, Dramas, Group Discussions and Awareness Campaigns.