Oxfam recently distributed jerry cans, buckets, soap and mosquito nets to 2,500 people in Warrap State, southern Sudan, as part of a campaign to reduce diarrhoea, malaria and other water-borne diseases that have a terrible impact on communities in the region.
The most vulnerable people in 12 villages were targeted, including pregnant women, people with disabilities such as blindness, and the elderly, like 70-year-old Akuec Akien Lual – a widow with ten children (pictured below).
The photo shows local volunteers preparing for the distribution – by laying them out in an organised way like this it helps the distribution to be much faster and more efficient.
A survey we conducted recently in local villages found widespread misconceptions of how malaria and diarrhoea are spread. As well as the distribution Oxfam’s public health team is also working with schools to form health clubs where children learn about how to stay healthy.