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Undergraduate summer outreach program

EIWR organized a one day symposium on September 8, 2014 at Addis Ababa University, Akaki Campus.  On the symposium students engaged in the summer outreach program presented their reports on the activities they accomplished and share their findings and experience for fellow students and selected stakeholders in the sector. 8 papers were selected and presented by students.

Participants of the community sensitization kebele of Mecha woreda, Amhara Regional State

                    Participants of the community sensitization kebele of Mecha woreda, Amhara Regional State

During the under graduate summer outreach program, each partner university (Addis Ababa, Arbaminch, Bahir Dar, Hawassa and Mekelle) selected woredas where the students would be engaged. 6 woredas and 17 kebeles were selected by EIWR the universities for the students’ engagement. The students spent 40 days in the selected areas with the selected rural and semi-urban communities’ and collected WaSH baseline information. They have also done hygiene promotion focusing on hand washing to community residing in the selected areas.  Students promoted hygiene, specifically hand washing to selected households through house to house visit and community gathering. They used hygiene promotion materials and promoted hand washing through practical demonstration. Around 18,800 households received hand washing education trough households’ visit and community gathering.

The students made an assessment on communities’ WaSH situation and collected basic information like Background information/ Socio demographic factor, general information on wash, Water supply situation, sanitation and hygiene situation, general health condition using questionnaire prepared for this purpose. Data was collected from 5705 households through households visit, focus group discussion and key informants review.  The students have also made an observation of the condition of the latrines of households they visited and made a sanitary inspection. The data was complied and presented to officials from kebele, health sector, water office and the community themselves on the finding of the survey by stating the critical observed gaps and the possible solutions to them.