One Heart Worldwide gave advice about keeping areas of the community free from standing water to avoid malaria and other water-borne diseases. The women learned how to treat a baby suffering from diarrhoea, how to form a balanced, nutritious meal and how to construct a “tippy tap” for hands-free handwashing. Of all the topics discussed, the “tippy taps” were the most well-received, and 105 families have since constructed their own. The health promoters have reported a decrease in incidences of diarrhoea as a direct result, which is fantastic news.
In December 2016, three maternal health promoters from Cool Earth’s Asháninka partnership travelled to the Awajún partnership in northern Peru as part of a knowledge exchange trip. The promoters ran workshops on hygiene and sanitation with the Awajún women, who have proposed a similar project to address the public health concerns of their community. Sharing knowledge in this way is key to how Cool Earth’s partnerships will grow in the future. It’s thanks to our supporters that we could develop this smart model that’s keeping families strong enough to defend their forest.