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5 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 5 November, 2019 12:19:24 AM
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Hygienic sanitation facilities benefiting ‘char’ people

Some five-lakh ‘char’ people have access to hygienic sanitation and pure drinking water facilities in riverine areas
BSS, Rangpur

Availability of hygienic sanitation and safe drinking water facilities are benefiting thousands of ‘char’ people living on the upper Brahmaputra basin. According to officials and experts, the health condition of char people has improved following continuous improvement of their hygienic status, preventing the spread of water-borne diseases. “The success has been achieved following successful implementation of awareness building activities through GO-NGO collaboration,” Chairman of Rangpur-based research organisation ‘Northbengal Institute of Development Studies’ Dr Syed Samsuzzaman said. The char people now understand well that sanitary latrine and pure drinking water are essential preconditions to lead a healthier life free from water-borne diseases.

Earlier, poor sanitation condition has been blamed for ill-health of char people of all ages, especially pregnant and lactating mothers, spreading water-borne diseases like diarrhoea, cholera, dysentery and jaundice in char areas even a decade ago.

“The char people had been lacking minimum sanitation facilities in the past in char areas basically sheltering sick mothers and kids,” Samsuzzaman said.

Successful implementation of the 12-year-term (2004-2016) comprehensive Chars Livelihoods Programme (CLP) with the assistance of donor agencies and Government of Bangladesh (GoB) has made valuable contribution in improving the living standard of people. The Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives sponsored implementation of the CLP comprehensive programme, aiming at improving livelihoods and living standards of char people since 2004 under adverse climatic situations.

Mamunur Rashid, Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) of RDRS Bangladesh, an implementation partner of the CLP, said some five-lakh char people have access to hygienic sanitation and pure drinking water facilities in riverine areas.

 

 

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