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2021.05.06

Water and sanitation support program: Interview with a beneficiary

Ms. Mehnaz Bibi is a 41-year-old housewife living in a village Pewarh, Tribal District Kurram and a mother of five children. She visits Zanana Hospital, Parachinar to receive medical treatment for her family. JEN team interviewed her during post-project monitoring.  She said, “I often come to this hospital especially in winter when my children are sick. Most of women from our area prefer to visit this hospital because it has very excellent doctors.”

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Ms. Mehnaz Bibi interviewed by JEN staff

Regarding the situation before the start of the project, Ms. Mehnaz Bibi said, "If necessary, my children excreted outdoors and I went to a nearby house (next to the hospital) to use the toilet. The neighbors voluntarily let us use the toilet, but sometimes they did not allow us to use it. In that case, I went to Imam Bargah (Shia mosque) located at 10-minute walk from the hospital, and it was painful to walk such a long distance. Additionally, it was embarrassing as there were so many men in Imam Bargah."

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A toilet at the hospital before the start of the project

Furthermore, she added, "This hospital is mostly visited by women. I met several women who visited the hospital during menstruation and they were so anxious about their problems. Some women have problems specific to female, and they also need to go to the toilet frequently to replace the sanitary cloths or pads. For women, especially people with disabilities, visiting a hospital without a toilet was a nightmare. Thank you so much for giving women great peace of mind." In this project, women's toilets were equipped with trash cans so that sanitary napkins could be disposed of. These toilets also have mirrored shelves where women can place sanitary napkins and cloths. A wall was also built in front of the toilet to protect the privacy of female patients.

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A wall-mounted women's toilet designed to protect privacy

Unlike before, patients now have access to enough toilets in number, suitable in the hospital. JEN constructed sanitary facilities with two separate toilets for women and two for men. In addition, out of the two separate toilets for both men and women, one is equipped with a Western-style toilet for people with disabilities to access it easily. Patients can now visit the hospital in a much more relaxed and better environment.

※This project is being implemented with a grant from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and a donation to JEN.

May 6, 2021 in Pakistan |