QRCS Delivers WASH Projects in South Sudan

Doha, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has recently completed a number of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) projects in the states of Central Equatoria and Northern Bahr El-Ghazal, the Republic of South Sudan.

Benefiting up to 84,600 people, these deliveries are part of a whole scheme undertaken by QRCS and Adeso, an African charity and development agency, with funding from Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD).

The works involve drilling artesian wells, setting up toilets with sewage pumps, and providing hygiene kits to promote sanitation and hygiene in the local community.

An inauguration ceremony was held at Al-Amal Camp, with the presence by QRCS’s Eastern and Central Africa Coordinator, Nawal Kamel, as well as representatives of health, water resources, and social welfare ministries. Chieftains, camp authorities, and international organizations also took part in the ceremony.

The participants commended QRCS’s contributions to epidemic control efforts, by securing clean water, environmental sanitation, and health education. The public raised signs welcoming QRCS.

The purpose of such projects is to improve public health conditions and prevent pandemics in Africa. It is particularly important in South Sudan, where the humanitarian conditions of displaced populations are alarming due to the political unrest, which had a direct impact on infrastructure and basic services, including health care.

This is QRCS’s first project in the newly independent South Sudan, which has been widely swept by cholera, diarrhea, and other communicable diseases. These outbreaks claimed many lives, especially women and children.

According to camp and health officials, QRCS is the first humanitarian organization to reach out to this part of the country with much-needed water resources, sanitation facilities, and hygiene supplies.

Source: Qatar News Agency