It’s #WorldWaterDay - Follow the journey of a Water Sanitation Specialist
The city of Am Timan has a population of 70,000 with an estimate of 8 people per household. As part of our Hep E emergency response, our vision is to ensure that all 8,750 households have adequate (chlorinated) drinking water.
The river is used for bathing, washing, drinking and playing!
Holes are dug on the river’s edge to collect drinking water.
Open defecation is a huge problem as most communities lack basic latrines. (Hepatitis E is contracted via fecal matter).
Public well with a hand pump.
Buckets, containers and jerry-cans are plunged into open-air pools to collect water.
The plan is to have 2 chlorinators working 6 hour shifts to makeup 12 hour days at each of the 120 water points around the city. We are also going to have a hygiene promoter at each water point to promote the importance of good hygiene. To map the 120 water points in Am Timan, we sent two teams to the field to collect their respective GPS locations.
I’m Alex and I’m an Engineer from Canada on my first mission with MSF. I have a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and have spent the last few years working in the Oil & Gas Industry. As a Water and Sanitation Specialist, I am helping plan, implement and monitor the water, hygiene and sanitation activities of the Hepatitis E Virus outbreak response project in Am Timan, Chad.