PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTING A HYGIENIC CONCEPT IN INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS IN NAMIBIA
On the 14th of December 2017, the Ministry of Health and Social Services of Namibia declared an outbreak of Hepatitis E in the country. More than 6,500 cases of Hepatitis E and 56 deaths, including 24 maternal deaths had been reported in Namibia till December 2019. The high maternal mortality is a consistent hallmark of the Hepatitis E outbreak. Hepatitis E is a liver disease caused by the Hepatitis E virus, and is transmitted via the fecal-oral route. This means people that become infected after ingesting water or food contaminated by fecal matter which contains the Hepatitis E virus. Risk factors include: limited sanitation infrastructure, and poor hygienic practices i.e lack of hand washing at critical times.
blueplanet Investments AG, tailored a comprehensive hygienic concept, addressed to meet the gaps in WASH, and to support the Namibian Government and relevant stakeholders in the fight against Hepatitis E. An amount of 80,000 liters of ANOSAN®, a non-toxic, sustainable disinfectant, was donated to the Erongo Region. The project entailed the distribution of ANOSAN® for use by the residents in the DRC (estimated 20,000 people) and Twaloloka (estimated 2,000 people) informal settlements. ANOSAN® can be easily utilized in settings, where water is limited, and handwashing with soap, seem almost impossible. The success of the project was evidenced by the substantial decrease in the number of new infections, hepatitis E cases and deaths, attributed to the improvement of the hygienic situation in the affected areas of Erongo Region.
If you would like to learn more about the project, you may download the case study of blueplanet Investments AG.
ANOSAN® for Namibia
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