Good health begins with clean water. With clean water, rampant water-borne diseases like diarrhea are eliminated
Upon the completion of each new water point, the community participates in a mandatory Hygiene and Sanitation Workshop. County health officers conduct these workshops and begin by educating the community on the definitions of good sanitation and hygiene. Additional topics covered are:
- The causes of water contamination and the health problems caused by contaminated water.
- The positive factors that clean water contributes to overall good health.
- The importance of proper hand-washing to sustain good health.
- Instruction on proper hand-washing.
- Water treatment methods at the household level.
- Components of sanitation and the health problems caused by poor sanitation.
As a result of these workshops diarrhea and other waterborne diseases in our well communities have all but been eradicated. Women in our well communities experience reduced physical injury and a lower rate of miscarriage from no longer carrying heavy loads of water great distances.
Communities that have begun engaging in home and community gardens. These gardening initiatives expand food diversity for families, introducing vegetables into the Samburu diet.
SERE OLIPI HEALTH CENTER
As a result of a partnership piping project with the World Food Program, the TSP well for the Sere Olipi Primary School now also provides clean water to the Sere Olipi Health Clinic. Dr. Henry Lentaaya has been practicing medicine in this clinic for 30 years. He is now assisted by two additional health care professionals who provide health services to this community. Together they treat an average of approximately 60 patients each day. They provide childhood immunizations, treat malaria and other diseases and deliver babies. The hospital is proud of their newly tiled delivery room, although for some more old fashioned women, the clinic also offers a more “traditional” delivery room outside of the hospital walls. The clinic now boasts about 10 babies are delivered at this facility each month.