GLRA India, a non-profit Indian entity, has been working for the cause of Leprosy, Tuberculosis, Disability, and Humanitarian crises since 1966.

WASH is the collective term for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. Due to their interdependent nature, these three core issues are grouped together to represent a growing sector. While each a separate field of work, each is dependent on the presence of the other. For example, without toilets, water sources become contaminated; without clean water, basic hygiene practices are not possible.


About 76 million people in India are without access to clean and safe water. The reason are numerous out of which same of them are, pollution and over exploitation, rapid pace of industrialization and greater emphasis on agriculture growth combined with financial and technologies constrains and non- enforcement of laws. Accessing drinking water, toilets are problem in the urban areas for poverty related diseases.
Climate change is also a major factor resulting water availability. Unpredictable weather is particularly challenging to the water and food supplies of agricultural-retail rural communities. Due to floods, mostly the surface of drinking water sources are contaminated and borewells get choked with mud, there is always scarcity of potable water. GLRA India has constructed high raised tubewells in such affected areas.


WASH and poverty related disease

WASH plays a crucial role in the sustainability of disease control and elimination. GLRA India focuses through transmission prevention by:-

Increased sanitation availability to reduce contamination of the environment.
Providing safe clean water for drinking and food preparation.
Enabling good hygiene practices such as hand-washing with soap.
Improving water resource management and waste management to control vectors of disease and reducing contact with unsafe and contaminated surface water.
Providing clean water for treatment and care of infected people both at home and in healthcare facilities.
Providing accessible WASH services for individuals living with a disability and/or stigmatization often associated with particular disease.

Project- WASH My Eyes

The WASH My Eyes Project, sponsored by Lions Deutschland and BMZ Germany, aims to improve the living conditions of lymphatic filariasis patients and the general community by addressing water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)-related diseases in the districts of Kaimur in Bihar, Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh, and Malda in West Bengal, India. The project collaborates closely with various stakeholders, including Health Service Providers, village panchayats, Private Sectors, Village Sanitation Committees (VSCs), Self-help Groups (SHGs), and Community-based Organizations (CBOs).

By implementing comprehensive WASH interventions, the project seeks to reduce the prevalence of diseases caused by inadequate access to clean water, proper sanitation facilities, and hygiene practices. These interventions include the construction and renovation of water sources and sanitation facilities, promoting hygiene education and behavior change, and strengthening community-based structures to sustain WASH initiatives.

Through this collaborative approach, the WASH My Eyes Project aims to empower communities and improve their overall well-being by ensuring a safe and healthy environment for all.

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