Taposhi Chowdhury, a project group member, tells her 'Most Significant Change' story, resulting from her families access to a hygienic toilet...
My name is Taposhi Chowdhury. I am 28 years old, from Bohoria village. I am married with one son. Before joining the TCDC project two years ago, I had never used a hygienic toilet. As a family we were often sick with diarrhoea and dysentery. Almost every month someone in the family was sick, for 3 or 4 days. However due to the kindness of God no one died. We were wasting lots of money on medicine. Money problems added to our family tension.
In the project I learnt lots of healthcare topics from the project village staff and also the project nurse. We learnt a lot about 'Personal Cleanliness' which included all sorts of tips on avoiding sickness in the village. The most useful topic was about diarrhoea and dysentery.
Following the healthcare training, the project provided a new hygienic toilet in our village. We were taught how to use it in a clean way, and how to maintain it for others. Now we are much more healthy, with less money worries. My family is now doing much better.
The Chandpur Total Community Development Centres (TCDC) project operating in 12 villages in Bangladesh is multi-dimensional in approach to poverty alleviation. One objective is 'Primary Healthcare', which focuses on disease prevention through nutrition, hygiene, clean water, sanitation, STD / HIV / AIDS / drug awareness, and mother / child health. Healthy bodies, minds and emotions produce better personal and community health - resulting in a reduction in lost personal and work time, enabling more productive livelihoods and income generating businesses.
The 'Personal Cleanliness' training seminar that Taposhi refers to covers topics like:
- Personal cleanness
- How to keep safe from disease by keeping clean
- How to keep flies away from food (using covers)
- Washing hands after using the toilet and before taking food
- Keeping sandals on while using the toilet
- Diarrhoea and dysentery
- Using clean water for drinking and cooking, not village pond water used for bathing and washing dishes