World Vision promotes hygiene and sanitation in Haiyan hit areas

Communities in Daanbantayan town located in northern most point of Cebu province where typhoon Haiyan made its 3rd landfall, had gathered back the pieces of their lives. They are rebuilding their homes and recovering their livelihoods.

But since most families have meager resources, food to put on the table and materials for house repair are being prioritized.  Soap, toothbrush and toothpaste are equally important to ensure the health of children and adults. Yet, they are set aside to feed hungry stomachs.


On the celebration of World Health Day on April 7, World Health Organization calls for renewed focus on vector control and better provision of safe water, sanitation and hygiene to control, eliminate and eradicate neglected tropical diseases.


Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH), one of the components of World Vision Emergency Response conducted second round of hygiene kits distribution to more than 1,000 families in the village of Bagay. The kit includes bath soaps, toothpaste, set of toothbrush, laundry soap, sanitary pad and underwears.


WaSH Hygiene Promotion Officer Sheryl Ana Rosales says based on the recent assessment, “the families had difficulty making both ends meet. Buying soap for example is not a priority. They will spend the money they have on food. ”


63 year old Nina Monasque, a grandmother says, “they cannot afford to buy soap and all the items in the hygiene kit.”


Before the distribution, the staff conducted lecture on the value of household sanitation and demo on  proper handwashing to promote personal hygiene as one of the effective ways to combat sickness.

“It’s only now that I have learned the right way to wash our hands,” says Dina Adol, 39 years old.

Mothers like Rubelyn Intrampas attest the activity reminded them to always clean their bodies, their homes and surroundings.

Promotion of hygiene and sanitation in disaster affected areas is an essential aspect of WaSH. “We educate communities on the importance of handwashing, proper body waste disposal and solid waste management to prevent outbreak of diseases caused by unsanitary environment,” explains WaSH Coordinator Ronnie Santos.


For 25 year old mother of three, Jennifer Dosdos, the hygiene kit will help protect her children from getting sick. “These items are great help to us. We now have soap so we can wash our hands before and after eating.”


“We did not only receive help from you; we also learned new things because you taught us. Thank you,” says 55 year old Ladina Rodrigo.


As World Vision is now on rehabilitation phase, WaSH sector will prioritize rehabilitation of water supply infrastructure and quality surveillance and treatment, especially in areas with unsafe water sources affected by typhoon. 



by Leoniza O. Morales, Haiyan Response Communications Officer