No matter how dirty a child is, he/she still has a future – Isaac Success Omoyele (founder, Dreams from the slum)
Dreams From The Slum ®
Health and Hygiene Education for Children in Ajegunle
#ItStartsWithMe is a campaign centered on educating the public on good infection control and personal hygiene. An initiative of DRASA targeted towards young people in Nigeria through school outreach programmes.
A number of environmental factors influence the spread of infectious diseases including water supply, food sources, and sanitation facilities. Good hygiene – particularly hand hygiene – is one of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent the spread of diseases including diarrhoea, cholera, dysentery, hepatitis A, and typhoid (United Nations). Yet, in Nigeria 68% of the population has no access to a toilet and more than two thirds of the population don’t have access to adequate sanitation (Wateraid). In these communities, people are at high risk of spreading and dying from infectious diseases.
In a collaborated effort with Dreams from the Slum Initiative, it was hosted in Araromi Community Slum in Ajegunle and 220 school children learnt practices as quick, simple and extremely effective ways to remove germs , avoid illness and prevent the spread of diseases.
Through a practical demonstration, they also learnt how bacteria and viruses spread and they were taught how to properly wash their hands and educated on the importance of good personal hygiene for maintaining their health.