Photography by Kerry-Ann Hamilton

Typhoid and diarrheal diseases remain prevalent in Choimim and Siwo, Kenya, according to the village nursing officer Magan Cheruiyot.

Cheruiyot agrees that education is key to behavior change. He said strides have been made in abating cholera, but typhoid and stomach illnesses remain prevalent in these two farming communities in Kenya’s Rift Valley.

The clinic management team uses community health workers to provide support and training in the villages serviced by the Siwo Dispensary. 

Engineers Without Borders-Howard University has also underscored clean water and proper sanitation as essential to tackling the health challenges in Choimim.

In the last week, EWB-HU has facilitated training for nearly 200 villagers. The team focused on appropriate treatment and storage of water. The villagers were asked about their current water practices including boiling and the use of chlorine tablets. The team shared best practices to ensure efficacy.

In this short clip, EWB-HU recommends that the Kosgei family secure their rainwater harvesting unit.

Today, some members of the team visited homes to observe and make recommendations about water management such as using containers with spouts versus dipping cups and hands to secure water. This common practice contaminates purified water.

EWB-HU has led a series of trainings for recipients of the biosand filters to ensure a clear understanding of its operation and maintenance. 

The clinic team member Henry Sang thanked EWB-HU for the biosand filter.