Nearly 80% of people living in informal settlements in Dhaka suffer from water and sanitation related diseases because drinking water is expensive and latrines are either unhygienic or nonexistent. These problems are only exacerbated by a lack of knowledge about proper hygiene by residents. These diseases ultimately lead to infant and child mortality, maternal mortality, financial loss and poor general health.
CARE Bangladesh is constructing a water point and community latrine, ensuring a legal supply of safe, clean water will be available to residents. We are also training communities on proper hygiene and sanitation practices.
CARE Bangladesh will build the capacity of the local community to make the project sustainable by providing training on operation and maintenance and collecting financial support, which will dramatically reduce the incidence of water-borne diseases.