Since 2016 we have supported the five-year health programme ‘Making water everybody’s business’ carried out by Amref Flying Doctors.
The goal is to reach over 140,000 people in slums and poor neighbourhoods in Ethiopia with access to water, sanitation and hygiene information. It concerns the areas of Addis Ababa, Afar and Oromia.
Diseases due to polluted water are still one of the most common causes of child mortality
In the slums and other poor neighborhoods of Ethiopian cities such as Addis Ababa is often lack of clean drinking water, sewage systems and garbage disposal services. This creates unsanitary situations that lead to health problems for the residents. Children in particular are often victims: diseases caused by polluted water are still one of the most common causes of death of children under 5 years of age. This is why Amref Flying Doctors wants to raise the importance of proper knowledge about good hygiene and safe use of water.
The local government would like a solution, but has only limited budgets. Moreover, it does not have sufficient knowledge and the policy is not properly implemented. The starting point of Amref is to strengthen cooperation between the communities, local authorities and the local business community. In addition, the slum residents learn through information campaigns and trainings how they can set up and manage good facilities such as drinking water points, toilets and showers. They also learn to point outÂ responsibilities to the local government. Women and young people in particular are supported by employment creation trough management of these services.