Monday: Held my first training session today and matched the first 56 Chlorinators with the first 26 Water Points around Am Timan. These Water Points were chosen based on their proximity to known households of positive Hepatitis E patients. We had to drive each Chlorinator to their respective Water Point to show them where they would be working because there aren’t any addresses here. (How do people know where to go!?)
Tuesday: Used a Pool Tester to determine the FRC (Free Residual Chlorine) in the water at the new expat-housing compound. A tablet is dropped into the water to be tested and a few seconds after, the water will turn various shades of pink indicating how much mg/l of chlorine is in the water. During this emergency response, we are aiming for 0.8mg/l of chlorine.
Went to the warehouse to get an idea of how to setup the staging area for the phase 1 target distribution of hygiene kits. Below are 1200 jerry cans to be handed out.
Wednesday: For the past few weeks, the medical team has been working tirelessly to map out all the water points and thousands of households in Am Timan. This information is used to send follow-up teams to the households of positive Hepatitis E patients and their adjacent neighbours to collect data and promote the importance of good hygiene. Starting next week, the follow-up teams will also be distributing hygiene kits.
Thursday: Candle filters are 99.99% effective at removing bacteria from water. However, they do not remove viruses so it is important to not only filter the water but to also chlorinate it as well. Chlorine destroys viruses and since we are trying to prevent a Hepatitis E Virus outbreak this is very important!
Friday: Preparing the Chlorine solution to be used to treat the water at the expat house.
Saturday: Training of another 70 Chlorinators and 18 Hygiene Promoters who will rotate between water points around Am Timan promoting the importance of good hygiene..
Daily morning walk from Maison Fleuve (house compound) to Base CERU (work compound)