The Health, Hygiene and Prevention Trainings in Tulang Diot (San Francisco, Camotes Islands) have been successfully accomplished and our objective has been achieved: our intern Liliana with the help of the Rural Health Center RHC efficiently involved a hundred people during the trainings and she distributed the “Emergency Hygiene Kits” (a 4 lt. basket ccontaining bath soap for personal use, laundry soap, toothpaste and four toothbrushes).
The great majority of the participants were women; there were only 3 men out of 100.
Liliana and the local staff managed to involve a very wide range of people, of which the largest age group is more than 31 years old (73%).
Nevertheless, even a younger group was present, composed by 27% of people between 20 and 30 years old.
The birth rate in Tulang Diot follows national trends, with an average of 3 children born per woman, as World Bank recons.
According to the data that we have collected, 60% of our beneficiaries have had less than 4 children and 40% of them have had 4 or even more children.
The presence of people with special needs in case of emergency is quite high in the neighbourhood of Tulang Diot: disabled (12%), elderly (32%), pregnant women (22%), young children from 0 to 5 years old (49%) require special cares.
Concerning the level of education, 49% of our participants did end the secondary school and only 9% of them declared they received no education at all.
We spotted that the rate of unemployment among women is extremely high in Tulang Diot because 68% of our participants are unemployed even though they are in work-force age.
73% of our participants live with less than 19.000 pesos per year (427 USD per year) and all of them have no electricity power nor running water at home.
Only 66% of our beneficiaries have septic tanks and up to 34% of them have no drainage system at home.
Moreover, the great majority of our beneficiaries lives in houses built with light or mixed materials (like bamboo, wood and straw); as a result the situation turns out to be extremely vulnerable in case of natural hazards.
Because of this, it is hard for all these families to maintain appropriate hygiene conditions in everyday life and even more in case of emergency.
In fact, because of cyclic natural hazards, such as typhoons, Filipino population necessitate preparedness in case of emergency.
Fortunately, all of them received warnings on disasters (namely by radio and television) and 80% of the participants have emergency kits at home.
We consider our intervention extremely important because being aware of the importance of a good hygiene is vital in preventing diseases, namely in case of emergency.
Kito Onlus is glad and satisfied of the results, which have been possible only thanks to our supporters and the high degree of enthusiasm of our participants.
So, let’s say it in the local language: salamat! Thank you all!