Fieldset
Week 2: Water Points

I'm experiencing the worse explosive diarrhea I've ever had. I've been in Am Timan for just over one week and I've been sick for 5/10 days.

The city of Am Timan has a population of 70,000 with an estimate of 8 people per household. As part of our emergency response, our vision is to ensure that all 8,750 households have adequate (chlorinated) drinking water. The plan is to have 2 chlorinators working 6 hour shifts to makeup 12 hour days at each of the 120 water points around the city. We are also going to have a hygiene promoter at each water point to promote the importance of good hygiene. To map the 120 water points in Am Timan, we sent two teams to the field to collect their respective GPS locations.

Types of Water Points in Am Timan:

The River

The river is used for bathing, washing, drinking and playing!

Holes are dug on the river's edge to collect drinking water.

Open defecation is a huge problem as most communities lack basic latrines. (Hepatitis E is contracted via fecal matter)

Private and Public Open Pools

Buckets, containers and jerry-cans are plunged into open-air pools to collect water.

Public Wells with Hand Pumps

Private Wells with Submersible Pumps

My WATSAN Life: Week 2

Monday to Friday: The review of hundreds of CVs and interviews for the 240 Chlorinator positions, 14 Chlorinator Supervisor positions, and 120 Hygiene Promoter positions. 

Monday: Testing river water for total coliforms and E. coli using the membrane-filtration method. When bacteria are filtered through a membrane under pressure, then given nutrients and the right temperature to grow, we can count the number of bacterium and determine whether the water is safe to drink. 

Tuesday - Thursday: I'm experiencing the worse explosive diarrhea I've ever had. I've been in Am Timan for just over 1 week and I've been sick for 5/10 days. The worst part is not being able to curl up on a comfy shower mat next to the toilet. This is the toilet at the house compound, (accuracy is very important)!

Friday & Saturday: I'm finally feeling better! Training of the 13 new Chlorinator Supervisors and 60 new Chlorinators at the Hospital