Provision of clean drinking water via filtering systems at IDP camps, clinics and hospital in the Sittwe programme

Project Provision of clean drinking water via filtering systems at IDP camps, clinics and hospital in the Sittwe programme
Objectives

To provide awareness training on clean water and usage, and the maintenance of ceramic water filters

Project Partners Community Development Association (CDA)
Activities

Distribution of ceramic water filters to clinics, Rural Health Centre (RHC) and Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps

Locations Sittwe township
Period 2013 December to 2014 January
Accomplishments

• 100 Ceramic Water Filters distributed to 6 clinics, 1 hospital and 1 IDP camp • 70 participants from 1 IDP camp been provided with awareness training on clean water usage and the maintenance of ceramic water filters

Background
In June 2012 inter-communal violence erupted in Rakhine State
and reoccurred in October. Over 140,000 Rakhine Buddhists
and Muslims were displaced and a vast majority continues to
remain in camps located in both urban and rural settings in eight
townships across the state. The supply of clean drinking water is
a necessity that needs to be met in order to stave off a host of
hygiene-related issues. Many camps still depends on water trucks
to provide drinking water twice a day. The situation worsens
during dry season where many only rely on water pond nearby for
both washing and drinking.

MERCY Malaysia’s efforts
MERCY Malaysia distributed ceramic water filters to 66 families
in 1 IDP camp, 2 in each 6 health clinics and 10 to Dar Paing
Emergency Hospital in order to provide safe drinking water for the
communities. A total of 100 ceramic water filters were distributed.
Camp Water Supply & Maintenance Committees were formed.
The committee members attended the Usage and Maintenance
of Ceramic Water Filters training courses. These training courses
were held at five locations, with a total of 70 participants who
attended.