Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) has been implemented by GLRA India as a cross cutting theme across its mandates of Leprosy, TB and Disability. We highlight below certain interventions matching our mandates.
Tibetan Refugee Health Care Project in India, Prevention andPromotive Project with special emphasis on Water Supply, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) with Leprosy and TB Control
The European Union funded project for WASH, Leprosy and TB Control in the Tibetan Refugee Settlements was implemented from 2000 to 2003.
The objectives of the project were as follows:
• Improvement of sanitation and water supply by providing toilets, septic tanks and other sanitation facilities along with construction of water tanks and drinking water facilities
• Supply of Medical Equipment like X-ray Machines
• Refresher and Specialised Training of Basic Health Staff and Community Health Workers.
• Health Awareness Programmes on Leprosy and TB
Geographical Areas of Work:
Dharma Sala and nearby Tibetan Settlements(Bir Tibetan Society, Norgayling, Bhandara Tibetan Settlment, SakyaPuruwala, Bhopo Foundation) , Tibetan Refugee Settlements in Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal ,Sikkim and Tibetan Muslims in Srinagar
WASH Outcomes in the project were as follows:
• Construction of 167 nos of toilets in Dharmashala and nearbyTibetan Settlements
• Construction of Septic tanks and Drainage system in Bar Tibetan Society and Dharmashala
• Replacement of waterpipes and constructionof water tank atSakya settlement
• Construction of 2 nos toilets and septic tanks at Malhakhang, Kalimpong Health Center
• Drinking water supply in DTR settlement, Mundgod
• Construction of 10nos of toilets and septic tanksat Sonada settlement,Darjeeling, West-Bengal
• Construction of 4 nos toilets and septic tanks at Herbertpur settlement, Uttar Pradesh
• Construction of 30 nos toilets and septic tanks at Miao, Assam
• Construction of 20 nos toilets and septic tanks at Tezu, Assam
• Construction of 15nos toilets and septic tanks at Tenzingang, Bomdial, Arunchal Pradesh
• Construction of 15 nos toilets and septic tanks at Kunphenling, Ravangla, Sikkim
• Construction of 12nos toilets and septic tanks at Sataun, Himachal Pradesh
Thus in a span of 4 years, 310 nos of toilets were constructed in the Tibetan Refugee Settlements. The programme evaluation highlighted the key role of the WASH projects as aiding in reducing sickness in the refugee settlements.