Upgrading Sanitation Facilities
An assessment of the problem was undertaken in conjunction with the Geheina Hospital staff and the Geheina Council. Priority was given to:
At the Sohag Eye Disease Hospital dilapidated
sewage lines were upgraded.
Hospital Clean-up Campaign
At Geheina Hospital waste was scattered around the grounds. A clean-up day was organised, involving hospital workers, local council staff and the community. Additional cleaning tools, garbage bins and protective wear were provided to the hospital so that the grounds could be maintained in the future.
Community Awareness Raising
Awareness raising was an essential part of the project and was designed in consultation with the hospital staff, health workers and the Directorate of Health. The main objectives were to improve the community痴 understanding of the need for better sanitation and hygiene practices and to enhance the capacity of hospital staff and health promoters to transfer such messages to the community.
The target groups were therefore:
Posters were prepared by a group of young doctors for display in community areas. Information pamphlets were prepared for distribution and for use by the Ra段dat.
Awareness materials focused on the relation between sanitation and health, and between hygiene, waste handling and diseases frequently contracted.
To more effectively disseminate information to the community, training was provided to the hospital staff and Ra段dat. The training, linking environment with health issues was done with the assistance of the Sohag Directorate of Health.
The Ra段dat proved to be an effective way of reaching the community as they worked in hospitals, villages and low income urban areas. They welcomed the training as this improved their capacity to advise the community. Prior to this, their work had focused on Family Planning issues.
Cleaning workers received training on routine and preventative maintenance issues.