Community volunteers help prevent cases of Acute Watery Diarrhea one chlorine tablet at a time

Volunteers give back to their communities and save lives through awareness raising and chlorine tablets in Blue Nile, Sudan

Mai El-Shoush
Mai ElShoush

12 September 2019

Sitting at the banks of the river Nile in Roseries locality in Blue Nile state, Ahmed Ishaq is one of the UNICEF-supported community volunteers helping to prevent cases of Acute Watery Diarrhea. Every day, without fail, Ahmed approaches residents seeking to fill their tanks or other water storage solutions, with water from the river. He hands out chlorine pure sachets to ensure they do not put themselves or others at further risk.

“Every day I’m here to tell people the importance of clean water and to stay healthy. I also have books that further explain the messages,”


He is not alone in the hope for a clean and safe environment.

One of the young residents, Omer Abdo, says he likes to come and keep him company with his friends and to help is spreading awareness.

“I also take the sachets and help to distribute it to those coming to the river. When I go home, I take with me as well. I think it is important for me to help,” said Omer.


Mai El-Shoush

On September 8, 2019 Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health publicly announced the outbreak of cholera in Blue Nile State.

Cholera and Acute Watery Diarrhea are preventable and can be treated. With proper hygiene and sanitation, it can be prevented and with accurate rehydration for sick ones, recovery rates are high and fatality rates minimal.

Sudan authorities, UNICEF, WHO and other partners are working to provide the medical treatment and health care, to detect and track the spread of the disease and reach people with safe water and adequate sanitation and hygiene practices as well as medical treatment.