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WASH Response to IDP Crisis in Balkh Province


Titre : WASH Response to IDP Crisis in Balkh Province

Pays : Afghanistan

Date : Start date 2014-08-01 // End date 2014-12-31

Identification : A-04085-02

Oxfam is proposing a five months intervention in 3 areas of Balkh province to respond to a recent surge in the IDP population in the area as a result of conflict and violence in northern Afghanistan. UN agencies and INGOs are providing only limited support to these groups, making assistance irregular and acutely increasing the need for basic WASH services and health care in the area. A rapid assessment carried out by AHEAD and the Department for Refugees and Repatriations (DoRR) in January 2014 indicatedthe lack of clean drinking water and limited sanitation facilities as the most pressing concern according to the affected population. Oxfam will work with its Mazar i Sharif-based partner, AHEAD, to address gaps in IDPs# immediate, critical needs including poor access to safe and sufficient drinking water, lack of access to basic health care for high risk displaced people, and lack of understanding of the linkages between poor hygiene and the spread of water borne diseases. The intervention will provide life-saving water, sanitation and hygiene related activities to 9,883 individuals (4,205 women and 5,678 men) in 3 areas of Balkh province. The proposed project activities will result in reduced vulnerability and improved health ofbeneficiaries by providing improved access to safe drinking water, increased access to safe and appropriate sanitation facilities and increased skills to prevent water-borne diseases. Activities have been designed based on the rapid assessment and will include the construction of 30 boreholes fordrinking water which will be maintained by newly established water management committees. Similar committees for hygiene and for sanitation will monitor the progress of health and sanitation education, the reduction in unsafe solid waste disposal and the provision of nearly 3050 hygiene kits. 180 latrines will be constructed, with direct impact on the number of women and girls who face safetyconcerns due to open defecation practices borne from overcrowding and lack of sanitation facilities. Oxfam has chosen this combination of construction, education and community led committees based on its experience in Afghanistan with humanitarian projects where community support is key to the sustainability of water points and latrines and where education is key to improved health and hygiene practices across a wide generational group.

Total budget : 422,498 EUR

Acteur (s) : Assistance for Health, Education an Development (AHEAD)

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