This project reduces child mortality due to diarrhoea through building community resilience for diarrhoea by reducing risk for children under five years-old. Zambia’s Western Province has some of the country’s highest poverty rates, at 80%, and is vulnerable to disasters, having periods of both drought and flooding. The Limulunga district has diarrhoea as one of the leading causes of under-five child mortality. The project is located in selected villages of Lilulunga, in Western Province, which is prone to floods and has limited access during the rainy season. The province is dominated by a floodplain, which is flooded during the rainy season.
The project focuses on community-based diarrhoea risk-reduction for children under five years-old through improved water and sanitation coverage, and supporting hygienic and health-seeking behaviour and improved access to community health services.
The target group is children under five, as well as those over five. Other beneficiaries include women who have new-born babies, malnourished children, and patients and staff at health facilities. The project will reach just under 100,000 individuals.