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2015.11.05

Latrine Installation in Sinjar Mountain

One of the major challenges for close 1000 IDPs families living in Sinjar Mountain is access to proper WASH facilities that is culturally appropriate. As their lives in the mountain are temporary, their WASH facilities also tend to be temporary - with their latrines consisting of a hole in the ground over a shallowly dug-up septic hole, surrounded four sides by cloth for privacy.

[Typical toilet situation in Sinjar Mountain]
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Such latrine can pose serious health risks, especially during the winter with high precipitation, as the septic tanks can easily overflow and spread to the living areas.  As cholera has been reported in various parts of Iraq, proper sanitation is one of the priority issues.

This situation is especially grave for facilities set up for vulnerable people, such as the three health posts and the child friendly space in the mountain, as children and those who are seeking medical attention are more susceptible to diseases that can be spread through improper sanitation.

In order to respond to the need for better sanitation, JEN decided to install pre-constructed latrines and shower stalls in those four facilities, which included the digging of larger septic tanks with more capacity. The work included close coordination with the Ninewa Department of Healt and another organization that are in charge of the health posts and the child-friendly space, as well as volunteer workers in the mountain who dug the septic tanks.

[Latrines being delivered to the mountain]
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With the new latrines, up to 120 patients and 250 children per day can have access to proper and well protected latrines during their visits to those facilities.



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November 5, 2015 in Iraq |