Health and WATSAN Program

Basic Information of the Project
Program Name Health & WATSAN Program
Objectives To upgrade the health status of the poor and disadvantaged People.
Duration Since 1999-ongoing
Working Area Jhenaidah, Jessore, Kushtia, Meherpur, Magura, Chuadanga
Partner The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (The Union)-France, NGO-Forum
Beneficiaries 03 million i.e. 30 lacks people of 10 districts and 58 sub-districts of Khulna Division, Public places and public transportation authority, Taskforces, Govt. officials, Teacher, Journalist, Public, children, HIV/AIDS affected people
Staffs Regular: 11 (Male: 06, Female:05), Volunteer: 08

AID is working to develop the health status of the people specially poor and disadvantaged people through its Health and WATSAN program. The significant result of this program is the changed health status of the children, smokers, HIV/AIDS affected and community people. At present, under this Health and WATSAN program, AID is implementing ‘Smoke Free Khulna Division through Effective Enforcement of Smoke free Provision of Tobacco Control Law’ project  funded by The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases,Inc.,(The Union),  and the projects  `Hygiene Promotion & Arsenic Mitigation’, and ‘HIV/AIDs & STD Prevention  with its own efforts. Moreover, AID makes a linkage of Health and WATSAN program with the other projects e.g. VGD program, ‘Prevention of Early Marriage, Polygamy and Family repression among the Dalit Community’ project, Maternity Allowance for the Poor Mother’ and Microfinance project.

01. Smoke Free Khulna Division through Effective Enforcement of Smoke free Provision of Tobacco Control Law

The goal of the project is to make public places and public transports smoke free by affective enforcement of tobacco control act 2005 and Regulation 2006 through awareness raising of   mass people and sensitizing local authorities, administrations,  authorities/owners of public places/transports and other stake holders. This project is being implemented since 2009 with the support of The Union. The beneficiaries of this project are 03 million i.e. 30 lacks people of 10 districts and 58 sub-districts of Khulna division including public places and public transportation authorities, Taskforces, Govt. officials, Teacher, Students and Journalist. The major components of this project are:

  • Awareness raising the mass people through campaigning and cultural events
  • Assist the govt administration for implementing the tobacco control law through organizing different meetings, seminars and workshops
  • Sensitizing workshops with the stakeholders
  • Networking with the NGOs
  • Capacity building workshop with the partner NGOs
  • Information dissemination through posters, leaflets, signs, newsletters, videos, etc.

02. Hygiene Promotion & Arsenic Mitigation

As the contamination magnitude is acute in Jhenaidah district, so as a leading NGO of this district, AID is operating massive initiatives with the technical and financial supports of different donors and partners. AID started this program in 04 rural villages as a pilot project in 2000 and by the end of 2011 it covered 182 villages of the district. The activities mainly include – Area survey and Testing of arsenic contamination in tube well along with community awareness meeting, Introducing and installation of safe water supply technologies like rain water harvesting plant, Pond sands filtration plant and Dug well.

03. HIV/AIDs & STD Prevention:

Awareness program for sex worker and drug users of Jhenaidah Pourashova project

Both the developing and under developed countries are vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. Bangladesh is a developing country, and is at risk of HIV/AIDS. Since 1999 AID has been implementing awareness-building activities on HIV/AIDS among the mass people of their respective areas. In the all activities of Action In Development-AID, has taken HIV/AIDS as a cross cutting issue. AID is working for the development of floating sex workers about their safe trade, blood transmission and prevents drug use. During the year, 2011 AID becomes a partner of a crucial network, implementing project on ‘Advocacy and Sensitization of Religious Leaders, Community Leaders, Parents and Policy Makers on HIV/AIDS’. The network is formed under the Global Fund for prevention of HIV/AIDS. The activities of the project also include the basic information dissemination session for women workers of informal labor sector. During the reporting period AID arranged a good number of special yard meetings on reproductive health and HIV/AIDs at Chatal, Hotel and other places. The women workers were also informed about HIV/AIDs and STD during their capacity building training.

04. Linkage of other programs with WATSAN:

AID considers health and sanitation issue seriously. It links WATSAN with its other program so that the disadvantaged people can get WATSAN facilities and can upgrade their health condition. Under Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) program, AID has provided training on Personal Hygiene and Cleanliness, Food and Nutrition of Mother and Child, HIV/AIDS among 7042 VGD Card holder women.

Under Micro-Finance program a total of 4290 IGA group members have been provided training on personal hygiene and safe water uses.

‘Smoke Free Khulna Division through Effective Enforcement of Smoke free Provision of Tobacco Control Law Project’ has a close linkage with all of 30 Union Parishads in 6 districts of Khulna division. Staffs of the project become the member of WATSAN committee in order to assist union parishad in implementing WATSAN activities like distribution of sanitation hardware support, providing training on safe water and personal cleanness etc. A total of 145 set of sanitation ring slabs (03 rings and 01 slab per set) have so far been distributed during the project period.

Under ‘Prevention of Early Marriage, Polygamy and Family repression among the Dalit Community’, AID is arranging WATSAN related training and awareness program among the Dalit Community of Shatbaria.

Providing Maternity Allowance under ‘ Maternity Allowance for the Poor Mother’ project with the support of Department of Women Affair, the 306 poor mothers are provided training on personal hygiene and cleanliness, disaster risk management, women empowerment, HIV/AIDS in 17 batches.