Arts To End Genocide's mission is to help the world's vulnerable, medically under served children. We developed, and run a number of projects. "Heeling Our World" teaches mothers throughout Africa to make shoes to protect children against soil related diseases. Parasitic infections cause much suffering and death among the worlds 300 million barefoot children. In Bamako, Mali we opened a free medical clinic to serve 6,000 street children. Our clinic is now responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our physicians observed that many children have water borne illnesses. This is a result of children bathing and drinking contaminated river water. When they are weakened by lack of proper nutrition they are easily affected by various diseases caused by bacteria and parasites living in this unclean water. Contaminated water transmits diseases like diarrhea, cholera, dysentery and typhoid. Today, providing them clean water and soap for hand washing is also essential to limit the spread of Covid-19
ATEG has been planning to install a shower system at our Bamako clinic to provide street children with a clean source of water for bathing and drinking. In preparation for Covid-19 we are installing 6 permanent hand washing stations on the outside of the clinic and supplying soap. We are also providing mobile hand washing stations to schools and IDP camps. Community Health Workers will educate children about the health risks of river water and the importance of hand washing.
Having a source of clean water for bathing, hand washing and drinking, along with our education program, should significantly reduce the number of children affected by water borne illnesses, and limit the spread of Covid-19. These units are used throughout Africa as part of the USAID WASH program. Children coming to the clinic to use the showers and hand washing stations can also receive our clinics medical services.