On World Water Day, mPowering recognizes the role of health workers in improving access to clean water in their communities.
Our partners at UNICEF report that every day, 800 children die from causes related to poor sanitation, poor hygiene, or a lack of clean water. This number is tragically high, but only begins to tell the story of the health burden faced by the 2.5 billion people worldwide who don’t have access to improved sanitation. Frontline health workers, like community health workers and nurses, work every day to help their communities have access to clean water and practice healthy behaviors like handwashing with soap.
Through ORB, mPowering connects trainers and health workers with quality-assured, mobile-optimized training materials on topics related to maternal and child health, including water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). The new WASH domain on ORB holds resources that health workers can use to improve their skills and knowledge, like this mobile course on Urban WASH. It also includes resources, like this video on handwashing that health workers can use to promote healthy behaviors in their communities.
To learn more about World Water Day and how you can get involved, visit www.worldwaterday.org.
Photo Credit: Allan Gichigi/MCSP
A community health volunteer shows a woman the importance of handwashing after toilet use. Migori County, Kenya