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Tackling garbage issues in a Camp for internally displaced people

In addition to scabies issue reported in last week’s blog, other hygiene/environmental risks residents in the IDP Camp face includes the overflow of garbage in the camp. Although the camp has a garbage truck that visits the camp every day, due to the size of the camp, the truck can only collect from one sector each day. When the garbage is left outside for days, it causes bad smell and serves as an ideal place for vectors such as flies to grow.

In addition, the lack of household or communal garbage bins in the camp was encouraging many IDPs to throw garbage on the ground.  This happens especially among the children, as awareness of hygiene tends to be lower. As an example, many children throw their candy wrappers directly on the ground after eating.

In order to reduce the amount of garbage scattered in the camp, JEN procured and distributed household garbage bins over 10-13 May 2015. The garbage bins with lids would protect garbage from being left outside while waiting for the collection trucks, and reduce the risk of vector breeding.

Additionally, JEN began working with a group of volunteers from the camp to train them as community hygiene promoters. During the first meeting, the volunteers identified garbage problem to be one of the main priorities to work on in the camp. In order to clean up the camp and raise awareness about hygiene risks related to garbage, the volunteers suggested to conduct a monthly cleaning day and household visits to families for awareness sessions. We look forward to a successful campaign with the newly established hygiene promoters!

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May 14, 2015 in Iraq |