Following on from a shipment of LIFESAVER aid jerrycans to Sindh, Pakistan in late August, OSDI (Organisation for Social Development Initiative, based in Karachi) who have worked in partnership with LIFESAVER systems to distribute LIFESAVER aid jerrycans to rural communities have provided us with a report on the benefits of the LIFESAVER jerrycan and the impact they have had on health in Sindh, Pakistan.
To improve health in rural communities by providing access to safe drinking water that will reduce water borne diseases, minimize health expenditures and raise overall standard of living.
Distribution of LIFESAVER jerrycans to provide safe healthy drinking water at the household level.
To reduce the risk of water borne diseases in focused villages especially flood affected communities.
To increase awareness among rural communities on water borne diseases through campaigns, group discussions and focus group sessions.
To minimize health expenditures related to water borne diseases
Water borne diseases are especially prevalent in rural Sindh and pose as one of the major causes of poor health in children in Pakistan. According to the survey conducted by OSDI, on an average a rural household spends approximately Rs 400 on purchasing medicines for water borne diseases that are easily preventable if there is an adequate access to clean drinking water.
To make matters worse, Pakistan was hit by catastrophic floods in the monsoon season of 2010 that affected approximately 20 million people. According to an extensive health and damage assessment survey findings, the existing drinking water facilities in the identified communities were either completely destroyed or were insufficient to meet the population’s needs. As a result, the affected population was vulnerable to illnesses and diseases related to lack of clean drinking water facilities in these areas.
The provision of water filtration systems ensures access to safe drinking water to 844 households in three districts of Khairpur, Shikarpur and Matiari in Sindh minimizing the health expenditures in the focus communities. A total of 83 LIFESAVER jerrycans were distributed by OSDI in 7 villages in Sindh, Pakistan.
In order to develop a better understanding on benefits and usage of the LIFESAVER jerrycans among the targeted population, brochures and pamphlets in local languages were also widely disseminated.
Details of the distribution are in the table below: