Due to poor sanitation and lack of access to clean water, South Sudan is experiencing outbreaks of disease and morbidity. RI is promoting community hygiene improvements through the training of village hygiene promoters, providing support for the construction of water points and latrines, and ensuring lasting maintenance and care of boreholes through the organization of village water committees.
Since the nation's birth in July 2011, families have returned to their villages to rebuild with hopes of a better life after decades of conflict. However, due to a lack of access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation, many are suffering from intestinal illnesses and other infections severe enough to mean death for a small child.
RI supports the construction of new water points, latrines, and hand washing stations to ensure families have the resources needed to be healthy. By training communities in maintenance of water points and the promotion of improved hygiene practices, RI is empowering refugees to take development into their own hands.
Access to potable water is the cornerstone of individual and community health. RI expects decline in communicable disease and mortality rates, and improved knowledge about safe water use and hygiene.