Safer drinking water in Fiji

With training in water hygiene and sanitation, communities from three islands in Lekutu, Fiji, are drastically improving their health.

“Our community faces a major water issue where water is not distributed directly to our homes and we have to cart water from a distance,” said Mali Boro, a community health worker in Lekutu. “This also impacts the primary school.”

Workshop participants at water catchment in Lekutu

In June, 21 representatives from local health and water committees attended a three-day training workshop where they learned how to assess the safety of water sources such as wells, tanks and streams.

Participants practised conducting H2S tests to detect fecal contamination of water, and also learned how to develop their own water management plans.

Water quality testing

With this training, communities will be able to avoid water-borne diseases, identify water supply and infrastructure issues, and make basic upgrades to existing water facilities.

This workshop is the latest in a series of water-focused training sessions with Partners in Community Development Fiji. The training helps communities manage their water resources and reduce the risk of water-borne diseases such as typhoid.

Testing water sources

Valavia, the District Nurse, says she has observed a decline in diarrheal illness and skin infections since the training began in 2016.

“In 2016, I treated five to six cases of skin infection per week,” she said. “Now I hardly ever see these cases.

“In my opinion, the best outcome of the training has been broader health knowledge for villagers on hygiene, nutrition and the environment.”

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This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).

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