Preventing the spread of cholera through door-to-door public awareness campaigns
Poor hygiene and lack of sanitation are one of the biggest challenges for communities in Cameroon, leading to outbreaks of life-threatening diseases such as cholera.
In the North West region of Cameroon, the council of Bafut is made up of 6 main villages. Last year, these communities suffered a severe outbreak of cholera that affected over 200 people and resulted in 8 deaths.
As part of the ‘one household, one latrine’ initiative, Plan has collaborated with the Center for Low-Cost Water Supply and Sanitation (CREPA) to create a door-to-door educational campaign which educates the public on hygiene and safe sanitatio best practices. The campaign focuses on clean water and hand-washing to prevent the spread of waterborne diseases such as cholera.
Since the beginning of the program, 48 new latrines have been built in Bafut, increasing the number of households with a toilet to 71%.
Communities have created proactive action plans that include: monthly clean-up days, washing and water purification awareness days, and the installation of public restrooms in markets and schools to ensure that these improvements continue.