Tagged: water and sanitation

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Women collecting water, Ethiopia. Photo: Oxfam

For many of the more than 13 million people affected by the drought and food crisis in East Africa, the short October-to-December rains signal a shift in need and are likely to lead to increased requirements for health, shelter and water, sanitation, and hygiene services.

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Intense rainfall has battered Central America for more than a week, wreaking havoc across the region. Oxfam is proving emergency assistance in El Salvador to help combat the dangerous floods and mudslides resulting from the rain.

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It takes a lot of dedication, patience and attention to details to make sure that latrines are looked after in Dadaab, the world's largest refugee complex. Agnes Mandela, Oxfam Hygiene Promotion Assistant explains.

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Kristin describes her recent visit to Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, where she saw the devastating impact of drought. "I've really never seen anything like it."

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Davy Libongani. Credit: Nina Mukubesa/Oxfam

Well-regarded by fellow villagers because of his building skills, bricklayer Davy Libongani was nominated to become a Private Service Provider and to work on Oxfam’s water and sanitation project in the district.

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Chief Kandala is a traditional leader in Mabumbu chiefdom, an area where people saw open defecation as an acceptable practice. After being trained in Community Led Total Sanitation, he is eager to use his new skills and his influence to improve the chiefdom's sanitation.

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While plastic sheeting latrine structures work well in emergency camps, the people of village Mubarak Hingorjo suggest that plastic sheets do not provide the required privacy at day time. We have worked with the local WASH committee to build latrines that are more suitable to the needs.

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In response to floods in Colombia, Oxfam has focused on provision of clean water and sanitation, and hygiene promotion.

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In the six months since the devastating floods hit Pakistan, with the help of generous public donations, Oxfam has helped almost 1.9 million people.

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