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Our updated Health and Hygiene Policies

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We continue the work to prevent spreading of the corona virus.

1corona-virus-covid-19-cdc-unsplashThe least developed countries might have some critical challenges dealing with such a crisis: Poor infrastructure, weak, or non-existent health care systems, poor sanitary conditions and people living in very close proximity to poor conditions.

More than a health crisis
According to a recent report UNDP estimate developing countries estimated loss of revenue as a result of the crisis at minimum 220 billion dollar. Furthermore they estimate that nearly half of all employment in Africa may be lost.

– This pandemic is a health crisis. But not only a health crisis. For large parts of the world population the pandemic will leave deep scars," says Achim Steiner, head of UN Development Programme.

These are the steps we are taking to prevent and limit contagion

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Distribution of soap and extra water in the project areas. In a lot of areas face masks are also distributed.
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Spread information on correct hand wash and hygiene for children, youth, adults and families.
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Training in contagion preventative measures for youth, who brings this on to their villages.
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Stricter hygiene praxis among local employees that are working in the field, and among employees in our partner organisations.

Unemployment and loss of income

Very many day labourers have lost their employment opportunities.

Many that had work abroad and sent money home to families are now going back to the village they came from. This leads to a drastic reduction in family incomes, and that is indeed bad for those who already have the least.

We are in close dialogue with our colleagues and partners, who report closed schools and curfews. In addition we get reports from many of our project countries that the price of food and other essentials are increasing dramatically, and are hard to come by.

This is how we are incorporating our health and hygiene practices into our programs.

In the areas we work in, there is a lack of knowledge about good hygiene and how this can reduce the spread of disease. Health and hygiene are common themes in our programs in West Africa, East Africa and Asia. What we do:

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Proper hand washing for school children
Training of general hygiene and hand washing practices among students in Speed School, kindergartens and preschools and other school programs.
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Parent meetings on health
Parent meetings with hygiene and health as a theme, to prevent and inform about diseases that particularly affect children due to poor hygiene.
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Campaign Days
We also organize our own campaign days in local communities, such as the "wash day" and other relevant UN days.
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Livelihood Skills and Hygiene
We provide information about health, personal hygiene, nutrition, vaccines and diseases, which are integrated into our livelihood programs for youth in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, South Sudan, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Hygiene challenges in the world today

According to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, as many as 4.2 billion people lack good sanitary facilities today. Worldwide, 2 out of 5 homes lack the infrastructure for washing hands. Diseases such as diarrhoea, typhoid, infectious hepatitis, polio and pneumonia are common. Every day more than 800 children under the age of 5 die from poor hygiene conditions and poor drinking water.

There is an urgent need for good training and information on the importance of hand washing, sanitation and general hygiene. Therefore, this is integrated in both kindergartens, preschools and schools and among their parents, as well as in our livelihood programmes for youth.

Due to the growing concern of COVID-19, we are also promoting social distancing throughout our programs to help reduce the spread of the corona virus.


Useful links

Strømme Foundation’s staff in each country both follows and encourages all to follow the health advice from international and national authorities in the respective countries as well as the World Health Organization.

We advise following the regulations from the WHO: World Health Organization. http://www.who.int and Advice for public

Our World in Data presents all the available data in easy to understand charts. http://www.ourworldindata.org

The Lancet, medical journal has made all of its content on COVID-19 free to access. https://www.thelancet.com