Most of the time, emergency response programs prioritise adult needs rather than children’s’. As a result, children living in refugee camps face obstacles when using latrines, and hand washing stations. The poor condition of WASH facilities enhances the risk of slipping and falling inside the restrooms, encouraging the children to resort to open defecation and improper handwash practice. This practice in turn enhances the risk of developing waterborne and helminthic infections among camp residents despite rigorous disease control measures by public health professionals.
The UCCE method will be used to bring out community-centred solutions.
This will be done in 3 phases:
We hypothesize that our primary expected outcome will be a 60% increase in user satisfaction with the latrine and handwashing facilities. Additionally, reported use of latrine and handwashing facilities will increase from 30% at baseline to 70% post-implementation among children. The cost of child-friendly latrine installation should be <120% compared to traditional latrines.
Through qualitative evaluation, we will explore to what extent communities participated in the UCCE process and the extent to which implemented modifications in latrine and handwashing station design matched the their expectations. As well as identifying the barriers and enablers to use of WASH facilities by children living in FDMN camps.
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