A toilet gives HSA dignity

Philip Masikale is a Health Surveillance Assistant (HSA) at Kasiya Under-Five Clinic in Traditional Authority Wimbe in Kasungu.

He is married with two boys. When he arrived at Kasiya Clinic, he was given a house that had no toilet.

So, his family and other health workers along with clients, were using the same toilet at the clinic.

However, noticing the problem, Kasiya Radio Listening Club constructed a toilet for him.

The club was established under a USAid-funded Health Communication for Life (HC4L) project, a Social Behavioural Change Communication programme that seeks to improve health seeking practices of rural masses. HC4L uses radio listening clubs to engage communities through dialogue over health issues that affect people’s daily lives.

Kasiya Radio Listening Club is tasked with the responsibility of contributing towards changing people’s behaviour in relation to water, sanitation and hygiene.

Masikale recalls that it was embarrassing in to share a toilet with many people.

“Moreover, the clinic toilet is far from my house which made it risky to visit it at night,” he said.

Kasiya Radio Listening Club secretary Lesina Kaponya said they built a toilet for their health worker to give him dignity.

Group village head Kasiya commended the initiative, saying the toilet will enhance hygiene at the facility.


Written By: Michael Tcheula (HC4L Project Officer)

Edited By : Ayami Mkwanda (Nation Publications Limited)

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