You'll be helping people like Allassane Amadou, 37, who is a Senior Nurse at the malnutrition centre in Azzel village, Agadez region. Every day, Allassane treats women and children who are desperately ill from malnutrition. But the centre has no clean water. This means he cannot wash his hands or clean the medical equipment properly, complicating nutritional treatments and women's deliveries, both of which require lots of clean water.
The project will install water and sanitation facilities, which will enable Allassane to do his job properly. Clean water will help prevent malnourished patients from catching waterborne diseases and enable women to give birth safely, improving recovery rates. The installation of latrines will help to stop diseases from spreading, and give patients dignity.
Enhancing the centre in this way will help to restore Allassane's pride in his work. As a government employee, his salary is relatively low, and wage payments are irregular, as they are for most government employees in Niger. These working conditions mean it is difficult for health centres in such remote places to retain staff. Having the proper facilities to treat people makes him more likely to stay in his job, providing much-needed health services to the people of Azzel.
What your money can buy
£19 could set up a water management point in one of the affected communities
£30 could distribute a hygiene kit to five mother/child couples
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