HEALTHCARE AND SANITATION

The negative impacts of poor sanitation, inadequate and inaccessible healthcare services in our community cannot be overemphasized. Ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all indigenes at all ages is essential to sustainable community development. Children under the age of 5 {five} in rural areas die every year from diseases caused by poor levels of access to water, sanitation and hygiene. A general lack of awareness among people about the benefits of sanitation and healthcare makes a bad situation even worse. A lack of sanitation affects livelihoods, health, nutrition, the environment and the economy. It increases poverty, enlarges wealth disparities and increases the risk of disease especially for women and children.

A world health organization report reveals that in Nigeria, almost a third of hospitals and clinics don’t have access to clean water and safe toilets. The risk is high for babies and mothers in healthcare facilities that don’t offer a hygienic birth environment leading to disease and infection. When health workers have access to improved sanitary facilities, they are able to carry out their jobs effectively and protect themselves from infections, disease transmissions and save the lives of mothers and new-born babies ensuring that the children have a healthy start in life.

Sanitation and healthcare are essential to the health, wealth and wellbeing of any community.

  • Sanitation and healthcare create jobs and prosperity directly and indirectly.
  • Sanitation and healthcare have a vital role in any sustainable community development effort. They are crucial for national development, promoting general wellbeing and making progress across the sustainable development goals.

BKF aims to

  • Create an attitudinal and behavioral change on water sanitation and hygiene issues such as hand washing and open defecation.
  • Make water, sanitation, and hygiene a priority by collaborating with relevant stakeholders and actors including donors, NGOs, the private sector, informal service providers and citizens resulting in a harmonized effort towards reaching everyone, everywhere and leaving no one behind.
  • Ensure that schools, healthcare facilities, and birthing centers have safe toilets, clean running water and functional hand washing facilities to reduce maternal, newborn and infant death.
  • Conduct periodic health outreaches in rural communities. Volunteers are needed in our ”Healthcare and sanitation” projects, please contact us