LFT’s Seconds Hygiene awareness campaign in Afghanistan

LFT’s Seconds Hygiene awareness campaign in Afghanistan

LFT’s Seconds Hygiene awareness campaign in Dasht-e-Barchi, A Western Suburb of Kabul, Afghanistan.

In response to the escalating concern regarding the contamination of water and atmosphere as well as the rise of bacteria in Kabul, the local team of LFT embarked on a comprehensive nutrition and hygiene awareness campaign for the second time on December 27, 2023. The campaign aimed to address the significant health risks posed by the lack of hygiene and balanced nutrition as well as polluted air and to educate the local community on measures they can take to minimize the risks by maintaining their proper hygiene and nutrition. The campaign was implemented using a range of approaches, including community outreach, workshops, and educational materials. LFT’s local team is committed to promoting sustainable and healthy living practices in the region and will continue to work tirelessly to address the pressing needs of the community.

The programme has provided valuable knowledge on various essential techniques necessary for maintaining optimal health and hygiene. It has offered constructive guidance on the following topics:

  • Personal hygiene, emphasizing the importance of proper hand-washing, regular bathing, nail trimming, clean clothing and accessories, and regular tooth brushing to promote overall health and well-being.
  • Environmental hygiene, including essential practices for keeping the home, kitchen, and surrounding areas free from hazards, practising proper toilet hygiene, and maintaining a safe and clean environment for everyone.
  • Nutritional hygiene, with a key focus on washing dishes thoroughly, washing hands before cooking, cleaning fruits and vegetables before cooking, and using clean water for cooking to promote a healthy and balanced diet.
  • Social hygiene, highlighting the importance of wearing masks while sick, avoiding contact with others, refraining from touching animals, and avoiding feeding others while sick to prevent the spread of diseases.

Participants also have received comprehensive training on six fundamental principles of hygiene to maintain their physical and mental health. These principles are as follows:

  • Climate: They have been advised to avoid inhaling polluted air to prevent respiratory problems and other health issues.
  • Food and Beverages: They have been encouraged to consume a variety of vegetables, foods, and beverages to ensure a balanced diet. Drinking an adequate amount of water during hot weather is essential to stay hydrated.
  • Movement and Self-possession: Participants have been instructed to engage in physical activities like exercising, walking, and other forms of movement to maintain their physical health and mental well-being.
  • Sleep and Awaken: Getting enough sleep is crucial for overall health and productivity. Participants have been advised to sleep for at least 6 to 8 hours in a day.
  • Emotionality: Stressful situations can harm mental health. Participants have been advised to avoid overthinking and to practice yoga and deep breathing techniques to release negativity and stress.
  • Vomiting and Conservation: Participants have been instructed to drink sufficient water during hot weather to avoid dehydration. In case of diarrhoea, they have been advised to consume seasonal food and beverages and avoid consuming any awkward food or beverages that may make their condition worse.

 

Overall, the programme has been incredibly effective in providing participants with a comprehensive understanding of how to maintain good health and hygiene practices. Armed with practical tools and knowledge, participants are now better equipped to ensure that they live and work in an environment that is safe, healthy and conducive to overall well-being. Whether it’s in their personal or social lives, participants are now able to take charge of their health and safety and extend the same care to their community.

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