WHO estimates that 50% of malnutrition is associated with repeated diarrhea or intestinal worm infections from poor anitation or hygiene and unsafe water.
The interaction between diarrheal disease and malnutrition is wellestablished. Diarrhea is often caused by poor hand-washing or lack of clean drinking water. A lack of toilets further exacerbates the problem as feces on the ground contribute to contaminated drinking water and water resources in general.
Most of the tribal villages still lack access to improved sanitation facilities. Hence we have adopted an integrated approach to improve hygiene, sanitation and water. Our women volunteers cross all our adopted villages distribute pamphlets and try bringing awareness in villagers about sanitation and its importance. They make tribal folk songs and perform plays through which they communicate about importance of using toilet, drinking boiled water and washing hands before meals and after using toilet.
Apart from that our volunteers also visit the schools for spreading the word about hygiene and importance of cleanliness. We distribute hygiene kits with essential items like soap or hand wash liquid, nail cutter, a towel etc tribal schools. We also undertake community level awareness drives on regular basis.