Water, Sanitation and Hygiene internship via Idealist

Global Medicare Foundation

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Poor sanitation and hygiene is a cross-cutting health concern in most rural villages and urban cities in Cameroon. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene remains a major challenge in Cameroon because supply in potable water in urban and rural areas does not meet the need for the country’s ever growing population. Poor sanitation leads to diarrheal diseases, which are responsible for 17% of all deaths of children under five (World Health Organization). Poor personal and household hygiene can lead to trachoma, increased rate of infections, and a number of other diseases. A home with standing water can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and increase malaria rates not just for that family, but for the neighbors as well.

Global Medicare Foundation is currently looking for volunteers/interns to join their team in Cameroon to champion activities and undertake various tasks to develop and run the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project. Volunteers/interns shall be responsible to educate village communities about the importance of household hygiene, personal hygiene, and sanitation through outreaches. Interns shall have the opportunity to build partnerships with local schools, encouraging children to adopt personal habits of hygiene, and to help their schools and their families adopt small sanitation measures like having ‘tippy-taps’ outside of latrines. Tippy taps are locally-constructed hand washing stations that make it easy for people to follow good hygiene practices.

To teach about the importance of safe water, interns shall hold village outreaches about the importance of gathering water from clean water sources (even if it means a longer walk to the source), and importance of treating — or at least boiling — water intended for consumption. They shall also educate villagers about the nature and danger of water-borne diseases contracted by drinking contaminated water. Interns/volunteers shall mobilise and bring in local community based organizations (CBOs) to do educational performances or outreaches about safe water and also including health challenges such HIV/AIDs or malaria.

Throughout the project the interns/volunteers shall work in a particularly selected village where Global Medicare Foundation has identified WASH to be a major call for concern.

We are looking for candidates with a background in health, sustainable waters management, social studies and relevant field.