The facts:

We work hard in all of our projects to lift those affected by disease out of poverty. That would not be possible if there wasn’t access to clean water and if basic hygiene practices weren’t in place.

A lack of knowledge about good hygiene practices and sanitation, together with an absence of the means to stay clean can lead to infections and secondary disabilities in people affected by leprosy.  By educating people on clean water, good hygiene and how to clean any body parts affected by LF or leprosy we’ve been able to reduce the likelihood of infection.

In the district of Bogra, in Bangladesh, we ran a WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) project to spread the word about the washing hands and keeping clean while also installing latrines to improve access to water and decrease the incidence of diarrhoea.

The aim:

The aim of this project was to provide people with better access to clean water and adequate sanitation while educating on hygiene practices such as washing hands after using the toilet and before cooking. We hoped that such education would prevent the contraction of disease in the long-term and improve the overall health of individuals.

What exactly did we do

To encourage safer water practices there were a few things we did across the district to help make a difference.


  • constructed latrines
  • constructed safe drinking water facilities
  • provided healthcare education focusing on the correct use of water, sanitation and hygiene in general

What difference have we made?

All of this work over the past year has made a significant difference to those in the Bogra region. As a result of the project we’ve been able to make a real impact in the area.

  • The number of households reporting the use of 'safe drinking water' has almost doubled from 34% to 57%
  • The time people spend fetching water every day has reduced from an average of 30 minutes to 5
  • The amount of people using an open pot without a lid for their water decreased to 48% from 26% which means the risk of water contamination is significantly reduced
  • The amount number of people practicing 'hand-washing prior to cooking' and, 'hand-washing after the use of toilet' has doubled, and 'hand-washing after handling waste' even quadrupled.

All of this means we’ve enabled two thirds of people involved in the project to take better care of their pre-existing health condition. We’ve had a direct impact on the health of half of people we work with all through safer water practices.

How can you help?

Having made such a difference through simple actions, we want to continue to spread these key health messages and install latrines so that the overall health of children, women and men is improved.

We still need your help to continue our vital work.