People affected by leprosy are often trapped in a vicious circle as the disease is most prevalent where there are the highest concentrations of people and the least sanitation.

This means that it is often the poorest who contract the disease. Moreover, lack of knowledge of sanitation and not having the means to stay clean often cause secondary infections that in turn may lead to disabilities.

India

For many of our programmes, we work in partnership not only with the government, but also with other non-governmental agencies.

WaterAid is partnering with us in India until March 2017 in a new water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) project in some public health centres in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states.

The aims of the programme are ensure the water and sanitation rights of people who use the healthcare facilities.

The programme should lead to a reduction in water-borne disease through improved water supply, sanitation and hygiene practices in at least 50% of the healthcare centres.

Bangladesh

The World Health Organization estimates that only 40% of people in Bangladesh have proper sanitation and more than 70% of rural households have no latrine or it is unhygienic.

We are delighted that the States of Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission has funded our new one-year WASH project which started in April this year.

We will reach 6,000 people directly and 40,000 indirectly with safe water, improved sanitation and improved hygienic practices.

We will install or upgrade toilets and tube water wells and recruit and train local volunteers to initiate and encourage changes of behaviour, supplemented by pictorial health education materials.

With both of these projects, we aim to create long-term positive effects in the communities.

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