New Integrated Development & Essential Action (IDEA)
This initiative helps ethnic minority groups in poor, rural communities make water, sanitation, hygiene, education and health care improvements in their lives. A key focus is on a community-led total sanitation approach because of its importance to overall health and well-being. Working in some of the most remote areas of northern Vietnam, where traditions and custom often run counter to good community health and hygiene practice, we support education and training for making, using and maintaining hygienic latrines. We also support our government partners to engender good hygiene practices, and promote environmental sanitation in encouraging organic/inorganic garbage separation, making environmentally-appropriate garbage pits and other simple ecological models for community and family sanitation. Additionally, we work in schools with initiatives to share costs to add water pumps, tanks, filters, taps and sinks, plus toilets in sanitary bathrooms. Working in schools also engenders dialog about child rights, including the rights to education and to protection, which raises awareness of and helps prevent trafficking – a significant local risk. The program supports health workers, local government health department staff and traditional birth attendants to organize village health checks, provide nutrition education and stock basic health supplies.