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Clean water: reducing leprosy transmission and improving children’s health in rural Zamfara, Nigeria

Clean water is a scarce and valuable resource in hot, dry Maru, rural Zamfara, where one of The Leprosy Mission Australia’s projects are located. At a school in this remote part of the world, children and teachers relied on purchased water stored in plastic drums, using a plastic cup to dip their hands into the tank to access the previous water. This increased the risk of disease transmission, including leprosy, resulting in children becoming frequently sick and absent from school. Access to clean water is an essential step to decreasing transmission of leprosy in addition to other water borne diseases. 
 
Through the support of Australian government, our supporters and our partnership with The Leprosy Mission Nigeria, a motorized solar powered borehole fitted with 3 taps were installed on the grounds of the school. 
 
 This borehole now provides clean drinking water to over 1,000 students, teachers and surrounding households. At the inauguration of the borehole, the locally well-known Zamfara dance troop performed a play, educating the community on the signs and symptoms of leprosy, dispelling the myths that caused fear and discrimination.  
 
The event was widely attended by state leaders, officials and members of the public. In addition, the event was broadcasted on local television, bringing awareness about leprosy to thousands of people in Zamfara. The borehole was commissioned by the local emir who said: ‘This is not a little assistance rendered to our children and grandchildren. This is a thing of joy and is a lesson to see that we come together to commission this project. We are grateful to this organization’. #ANCP 

 

 

The Strengthening Integrated Neglected Tropical Disease Control in Zamfara project in Nigeria is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) Thanks to ANCP this project is able to help improve the well-being of people affected by leprosy, other neglected tropical diseases and disability in Nigeria.