Post 5 – Impactful IBT (Sanitation)

June 2022

Issue Based Training (IBT) is the session where we discussed various issues we have gone through in our daily life. We discuss topics based on the issues coming from Social Situation Analysis (SSA). Every month we have two meetings; saving meeting and another is IBT meeting. During IBT meeting I am always very curious about the topics and what are we going to learn in the meeting. I completed all my household chores and went to the meeting spot. All my friends were coming. Tribina and Krishna came to the meeting and then they started the meeting.

First Tribina warmly welcomed us and then she asked us why we were at the meeting. We shortly discussed it and she told us the topic; it was of Sanitation. She asked us what is sanitation according to us? Then we replied in turn: to clean, to keep ourselves neat and clean, to keep clean goat shed and so on. She told us that we are used to clean a lot in our daily life but still there are many things that we neglect. She explained that sanitation is to clean things that we use in daily activity, to clean our self, our home, our surroundings and so on. To prevent different kinds of diseases and to live our life healthy, happily and respectfully in the society.

Likewise, Krishnahari made us discuss different types of sanitation; personal, household, and environment hygiene. At first, we should take care of our children and our own hygiene. Similarly, our house and surroundings are important. Then he discussed advantages and disadvantages of sanitation. We already know lots of things, but we never practice it in our daily life. Sanitation plays a vital role in our lives. We discussed menstrual health and hygiene. Menstrual hygiene is a hygienic practice during menstruation, which can prevent women from the infection in reproductive and urinary tract. In Nepal, menstruation is surrounded by myths and misconceptions with a long list of “do’s” and “don’ts” for women. Menstruation and menstrual practices are still clouded by taboos and socio – cultural restrictions. Washing the vagina regularly is very important and if you are using a cloth pad you have to wash it properly and dry it in the sun so that all bacteria are inactivated.  While Tribina was discussing, I was thinking about my situation. I am very shy to dry my cotton pad in the sun, but I commit myself from now onwards to keep it in the sun after cleaning.

If we take care of sanitation, we will be able to live a healthy life and can achieve our dreams. But if we don’t give importance to sanitation, we will suffer from various diseases early in our lives and this takes a lots of time and money to recover. We discussed various diseases that could arise from poor sanitation such as diarrhea, cholera, dysentery as well as typhoid. We should properly dispose or manage trash which impact the quality of the environment. We always think about our self, but we never realize the waste material we throw in the environment which badly hamper the environment as well as on global warming.

After all this discussion at last we played the picture matching game. We shall find our match and should explain what the picture tells us, e.g. we should wear separate flip flops while using the toilets, we should cover the water jar properly, we should wash our hand before and after  cooking and using the toilet and so on. Then Tribina told us to take care of sanitation and to practice the things in our daily life which we learned in the session. We finished the session by doing review and appreciate the session they gave and went home.

After the meeting, I realized that sanitation is very important in our life. I am more careful on sanitation then before. I did not care on small things which may leads to sickness and can cause bad effect on health. So, after this session we are clearly aware that prevention is better than cure.

I am so thankful towards organization for providing such useful training.