Children’s health and nutritional well-being are strongly linked to their access to safe water and proper sanitation and hygiene. Across Somalia, unpredictable rainfall patterns, ongoing conflict, and lack of maintenance of water sources and supply systems has resulted in only 45 per cent of the population having access to improved water sources and only a quarter of the population with improved sanitation facilities within 10 metres. Almost half the households take more than 30 minutes to collect water which determines the quantity of collected at a time. Water borne disease, such as diarrhea, is the major cause of nearly one in five deaths (23 per cent) of children under five and is strongly correlated with child malnutrition, leading to both wasting and stunting. In order to reverse this situation, DAN with support from partners has been actively involved in the following activities
Establishment of water reservoirs in rural areas for human and animal consumption and cash crop irrigation.
Improve health and nutritional strategies of the community through health and nutrition training.
Increase public awareness on sanitation and environmental hygiene through media and seminars and organizing self-help schemes in urban areas.