"Fandio Tsotra" campaign: the recovery is taking place while respecting hygiene standards

"Fandio Tsotra" campaign in Fénérive Est

Fanja Saholiarisoa
Le dispositif de lavage des mains sans contact
UNICEF Madagascar/2020/Nirina Andriambololona
22 September 2020

Hygiene has become the motto in Fénérive Est, in the eastern part of Madagascar. The district is actively working on hygiene compliance now that the region is slowly waking up after COVID-19. There have been no new cases of COVID-19 for a few weeks.

Moravelona Dominique wasted no time in adopting the practice of hand washing since the onset of COVID-19. This grocer is very strict in front of his customers.

Whereas at the beginning he had a hand washing device (DLM) with yellow can equipped with a tap, he has now a contactless device as he is aware of its importance and the risks of recontamination by handling the tap. Since then, he no longer uses his fingers to let water come out.

This device was distributed free of charge by UNICEF and its partners, the Miara-miarina association and the Association Malgache de Demain, as part of the launch of the "Fandio Tsotra" campaign in Fénérive Est. This campaign – led by the regional department for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene – is scheduled for the next three months with the distribution of 1,000 contactless DLMs.

The beneficiaries are delighted and talk about it. "The risks of contamination increase with DLMs equipped with tap, hence the initiative to revitalize the use of contactless equipment. “Hand washing is an important gesture that can save lives during COVID-19, especially for merchants who have to touch money,” explains Dominique. He benefited from a tutorial so that he can in turn teach other people how to make this new equipment. Only a yellow can and a push-pull cap for dishwashing liquid bottle are needed.

Joela Razafindrahoely, a mother of two children, also uses it at her home in Sahavola. Being a stay-at-home mom, hand hygiene is crucial for her; besides she is still breastfeeding. “This contactless device is an ally as I am a housewife, especially after the morning market,” she explains.

Joela, 25 years old and mother of a child, uses contactless DLM in Fénérive Est.

Solidarity is essential in Fénérive Est. “To help our neighbours imitate this device, I can share dishwashing liquid bottle push-pull cap after finishing ours,” she adds, while noting that contactless DLM has become a community affair.
In addition, the tutorial made available to 1,000 households helps increase community resilience because people can themselves produce the contactless device without waiting for a donation.

It should be noted that the Fandio Tsotra campaign launched during this month of September also encourages the adoption of good post-COVID-19 hygiene practice. This is a transition towards the continuous effort in mobilizing the entire population of the Analanjirofo Region in its goal for achieving zero open defecation planned for this year 2020, within the framework of the Mada Madio national program.

Le dispositif des lavages des mains sans contact utilisé à Fénérive Est
Joela, 25 years old and mother of a child, uses contactless DLM in Fénérive Est.

Solidarity is essential in Fénérive Est. “To help our neighbours imitate this device, I can share dishwashing liquid bottle push-pull cap after finishing ours,” she adds, while noting that contactless DLM has become a community affair.
In addition, the tutorial made available to 1,000 households helps increase community resilience because people can themselves produce the contactless device without waiting for a donation.

It should be noted that the Fandio Tsotra campaign launched during this month of September also encourages the adoption of good post-COVID-19 hygiene practice. This is a transition towards the continuous effort in mobilizing the entire population of the Analanjirofo Region in its goal for achieving zero open defecation planned for this year 2020, within the framework of the Mada Madio national program.