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A community Latrine in Haiti

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A community Latrine in Haiti

Here is a picture of a community latrines in rural Haiti to meet increasing sanitation needs.

As the cholera and other waterborne diseases in Haiti continue, immense outmigration from Port-au-Prince has further increased the need for improved sanitation facilities in the rural areas. In some villages, the populations doubled overnight. In rural areas, installation of hygienic community latrines would provide families better access to sanitation and at the same time, it can play a crucial role in diarrhea prevention. Diarrhea is the second leading cause of death among children under age 5. Traditionally, people are used to going to the field. Open defecation is considered a normal part of life and they hate pit latrines. Understanding their preference and changing peoples' habits towards a hygienic life should be the main concern in maintaining a clean environment. Moreover, it will reduce the spread of the disease and keep the drinking water sources clean. Some organizations like Lambi Fund of Haiti, The Water Institute from Gillings School of Global Public Health, Carolina, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Medical Missionaries and Hopital Albert Schweitzer are working on the issues relating to community-led total sanitation (CLTS) in Haiti.

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