Importance correct human waste disposal is learned

CWS Indonesia | February 27, 2016

In West Timor, Indonesia, Mrs. Nomseo is the mother of a six-year-old boy and four months pregnant with her second child, who joins CWS-supported activities at her Posyandu (health post). Check-ups for her son, ante-natal care for herself and basic health/hygiene information access and education are her priorities. During a recent visit she learned about the importance correct human waste disposal as well as the negative impacts of open defecation on health. In fact, after joining a Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) mobilization with CWS staff, Mrs. Nomseo convinced her husband and other family members that they needed a clean, safe toilet. Together, they agreed to build a proper family latrine even though it would be costly for a poor family like theirs. Their decision was made easier by the fact that CWS had helped improve their village water supply. So now that they do not have to carry water over long distances, which used to discourage water use for hygiene and sanitation, the family can prioritize hygiene and health, which they are proud to be able to do.

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