Improved hygiene will bring benefits to many rural people living in Stung Treng Province
Half of rural people living in Strung Treng will have access to toilets by the end of 2018.
At the recent launch of a new project to promote better hygiene in Stung Treng, dignitaries, project staff and invited guests heard how planned activities will help to improve the lives of many in the province.
82% of Stung Treng’s population live in rural communities, where poor hygiene practices have a negative impact on health, well-being and day to day living. According to Kheng Bungheng, Project Manager at Cambodian Rural Development Team (CRDT), 78% of people in the province do not have access to a toilet.
With this in mind, and building on the Government’s National Strategic Plan, the Governor of Strung Treng committed to promoting hygiene across the province with an emphasis on more remote communities. The aim is to reach 50% by the end of 2018.
Mr. Or Channy, CRDT Executive Director, said there are 78 % still live without toilets, and 20% of people in Stung Treng live below the poverty line. “This project is a big step forward in offering access to toilets and improved hygiene in rural areas.”
• Promoting hygiene in schools
• Encouraging those living in rural areas to use toilets
• Providing access to clean water for rural people
• Producing educational videos on good hygiene
• Communicating best practice in public hygiene
Mr. Yi Kimthan, national Project Manager at Plan International Cambodia, said that part of Plan International’s aim in Cambodia was to improve health and hygiene for Cambodian people. With 70 offices around the globe, Plan recognises that poor hygiene and lack of infrastructure is a problem in many countries.
Two government representatives at the kick-off conference highlighted that hygiene is an issue for Cambodians across the country. Strung Treng’s Governor said, “As the report shows, 82% of people live in remote sites where investment in building infrastructure such as toilets, wells and clean water systems is needed. This will enable promotion of better hygiene in schools, homes and public places and will send a positive message to the public”.
Mr. Vann Sarith from the Ministry of Rural Development emphasized the important role of government. “Cambodian government will enhance subnational such as provincial rural development under government implementation to promote hygiene and sanitation. Ministry of Rural Development always encourages to focus on its strategic plans.”
All speakers agreed that the promotion of hygiene and providing access to toilets is an issue which both NGOs and government recognise as important for rural development in Cambodia.
CRDT has received grant from Plan International Cambodia to carry out the project in Stung Treng. Started in August 2016, it will run until June 30th 2018 and cover 2 districts, 11 communes and 40 villages. It will target 8,589 families with a total of 39,528 people, of which 20,569 are women.
As implementer partners, CRDT would like to express its thanks to Plan International Cambodia and its donors for providing grant for this project.
Written by Hong Sochea