We lost our baby only because my wife had to go to the fields and we did not have a latrine system at home. Nobody should have to go through it in this day and age.
In Pakistan, at least 25 million people still practice open defecation. Lack of proper sanitation had affected many living in the rural areas of Punjab and Sindh. Village Nabi Bux in Rajanpur District of South Punjab is always smelling and a common ground for harmful bacteria causing numerous diseases. Water sources are mostly contaminated raising a threat to locals especially the elderly and children.
Pervaiz Imran, 49, lives with his wife and four children in Village Nabi Bux, Rajanpur. They lost a baby because they had no latrine system in the house and his wife like most of the women of the village had to travel to the fields. Tracks leading to these fields are far stretched and not properly defined proving to be dangerous for women and children.
Pak Mission Society introduced WASH-related activities in the area through Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) through which people like Pervaiz built latrines in their houses. This not just gave them a hygienic way of fulfilling their needs but also was more dignified and less exposing for their women and children. He has been an active member of the Village Development Committee (VDC) since then and an advocate of PMS in the area. Pervaiz says, “our village residents are now more active towards hand-washing and it is easier to convince them on constructing latrines in their homes. This will prevent them from going through anything we went through.”