WHO estimates that almost 90% of diarrheal diseases are due to hazardous water supplies, poor sanitary conditions, and inadequate hygiene practices. In addition, diseases that stem from sub-standard WASH conditions prove to be a vast problem for developing countries. Community well-being, child malnutrition, and other health problems are all related to inadequate WASH systems in Georgia.
Rural communities, especially rural schools and public health centers, lack safe drinking water and sanitation facilities. Where such facilities exist, they are often inadequate in terms of quality or quantity. Such conditions affect the population by exposing them to helminths infections, toxins and pollutants, diarrheal diseases, and more, in addition to affecting children’s ability to learn at school.
CENN facilitates the development and implementation of national policies related to WASH, capacity building of communities, and awareness-raising in terms of healthy communities, schools, kindergartens, and health centers.
CENN, in direct relevance to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), implements infrastructural projects that improve the WASH conditions in rural communities already affecting more than 15,000 people, develops the human capital of community institutions, and empowers local women and youth to take a leading role in water resources management and improves accessibility to WASH services.