23 villages in Turbo Sub county in Uasin Gishu County have been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) following an initiative initiated by AMREF to bring to an end poor sanitation in the region.
Uasin Gishu’s community health officers and volunteers trained the affected communities on the importance of each family having their own toilets.
The 23 villages among them Kaplesan where Clement,a village elder and a friend of the deputy president benefited from the initiative.
Chepkongi village was found to be the only village that it’s households had zero latrines in place.
The villages was prone to diarrhoea diseases mainly due to unsafe water and poor sanitation.
An economic study carried out in kenya by World Bank in 2012 indicated that poor sanitation and hygiene cost the economy over 27 billion shillings (USD 265 million) per year. Open defecation cost Kenya US$88 million per year yet eliminating the practice would cost 1.2 million latrines to be built and used.
Uasin Gishu County loses USD523 million due to poor sanitation.
AMREF representative Daniel Kurao while speaking at the event urged the public to take up the initiative as it has impacted positively on their lives.
Uasin Gishu’s department of Health Services is working to realize WHO’s move of having counties open defecation free.
The realisation of this achievement was as a result of the joint effort of the staff, community health volunteers, national leaders, national coordination team and the partners.