Our project leads to healthier lives for 140 older people and their families in Jamaica through improved health, nutrition and sanitation facilities.
Some of the poorest Jamaican communities have identified lack of safe water and sanitation facilities as a major constraint to health of older people. This project works with rural communities in Spring Vale, Giblatore and Content where many live below the poverty line and lack basic physical infrastructure and social amenities, including clean water. Water is accessed from streams and older people unable to fetch water for themselves pay others to bring this water to their homes or do without.
Water tanks provides access to safe water, pit latrine construction leads to improved sanitation, providing seeds to older people allows them to take control of their food intake and improve their income through the production of vegetable gardens.
Older people's nutrition is improved through provision of seeds to grow vegetables which supplement their diets with surplus sold in markets to create income.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
Development Statistics for Jamaica
Health information on Jamaica
Population Ageing and Development