Yobe: Group trains community volunteers on hygiene promotion in Boko Haram conflict areas




Displaced residents

As part of effort to create more awareness on public health, a Non-Governmental Organisation, Taimako Community Development Initiative in collaboration with Yobe state government has trained community volunteers including people with disability on hygiene promotion.

The event which took place in Damaturu was aimed at improving hygiene practice in communities by explaining the standard hygiene promotion with special emphasis on cross cutting issues and protection
principles.

Declaring the training open, the Executive Director, Taimako Community
Development Initiative, Gambo Garba Muh’d, represented by head of programmes Haliru Abdullahi, said the training was to support
resilience of individuals, houses, communities by empowering them to withstand, adopt and quickly recover from basic WASH and health needs.

“I charged you to actualize the knowledge acquired at the training and be ambassadors of peace and advocates for hygiene promotion in your respective communities.

“For our donors and government partners  (RUWASA ),  I sincerely thank you for your efforts in making our environment free from any  diseases and for your efforts in providing safe, clean and portable drinking water in most vulnerable communities affected by the insurgency,” he said.

The activity which drew participants from 11 communities, of Kaga in Borno state, Damaturu and Gujba local government councils in Yobe, was a product of joint initiative of Christoffel Blinden Mission CBM, Taimako Community Development Initiative, Yobe State Ministry of Water Resources, and Rural Water Supply & Sanitation Agency RUWASA.

Papers were presented on Community Mobilisation for project Implementation, hygiene promotion and awareness approaches, barriers in hygiene promotion behavior change and communication among others.

Blueprint gathered that the amount of time and effort spent on daily chores of water collection, and in caring for those suffering from water and hygiene-related diseases, decreases opportunities for engaging in productive activities.




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