BENEFITING: KAGENO WORLDWIDE
Help the community of Banda village erradicate Hookworm through the building and provision of strategically placed latrines and a strong hygene and sanitation awareness program.
Since Kageno began working in Banda Village in Rwanda, diseases that were once rampant have been drastically reduced. However, foremost among Banda’s remaining public health problems is an epidemic of hookworm infection. In fact, Kageno’s health center records show that nearly 90% of recent visitors were afflicted.
Hookworms are an intestinal parasite that poses serious health threats to women and girls of reproductive age, and especially to those who are pregnant. Anemia caused by hookworm infection is linked to low birth weight, impaired milk production, and increased risk of death for both the mother and child.
The primary reason behind the hookworm epidemic in Banda is a lack of access for hundreds of families to properly built latrines (toilets).
In late 2011, Kageno health staff met with local authorities and health workers to discuss the hookworm problem. An assessment revealed that 250 families (approximately 1,750 individuals) would need new latrines in order to stabilize the crisis.
The Executive Secretary of Banda proposed a matching agreement. Local authorities would mandate that Umuganda – Rwanda’s monthly day of government-mandated community service – would be dedicated to the digging needed for 250 new latrines. In return, Kageno would provide funds for the materials, planning, and labor needed to complete the latrines.
We have now launched a campaign to raise the $20,000 needed to achieve a goal of building 250 latrines in Banda and eliminating the hookworm problem.