American University Students and SMNID partners will learn more about Zawiya Ahansal’s traditional household practices related to food, water, nutrition, and mother-infant health. This information will be collected to help inform partnering organizations and local associations as they develop future Community Health Workshops to present to the Moroccan government. The Awareness Day will also help increase communication between women-heads-of-household, local community leaders, SMNID partners, and other people invested in increasing the quality of community health through basic education in Zawiya Ahansal.
Topics addressed during Awareness Day
A series of four health awareness days are scheduled for the last week of May 2012.
The Awareness Days will involve storytelling and discussion with American university students so local women and community members can share their traditional practices relating to the following:
- Traditional practices of cooking, food storage, and water collection
- Locations of water supplies for the village cooking, drinking, and cleaning
- Locations of human waste: sewage and garbage
- Livestock housing, grazing, and handling of waste
- Nutrition and general care for pregnant women
- Nutrition and general care for infants, toddlers, and children
One specific topic that may be addressed is how poor sanitation practices leads to health problems like diarrhea. Basic precautions like hand-washing and cooking with clean water will be discussed. Topics related to prevention of illness like diarrhea will focus on hand-washing and water sanitation.
This Awareness Day will NOT address: medical solutions to illness; changes to community practice of food, livestock, childbirth or childcare; or any other formal medical topics.