One in four deaths amongst under 5-year-olds are caused by diarrhoea.
Handwashing can stop 50% of diarrhoea, but communities needs access to water nearby for this.
Source: Solomon RWASH 2015 report
Poor nutrition, repeated bouts of diarrhoea, living with poor sanitation and lack of clean water leads to malnutrition.
One third of children in Solomon Islands suffer chronic malnutrition, resulting in stunted growth, lower IQ, and weakened immune systems. They are then more susceptible to chronic diseases as an adult.
Bakua is a contagious fungal infection and can be socially stigmatising.
Treatment is expensive, difficult to access and recurrence is high.
It affects 10-20% of children in Solomon Islands. .
Yaws is highly contagious. It starts as a hard swelling or ulcer, and heals within 6 months, but can lead to disfiguring damage to bone and cartilage later in life.
Yaws affects 30% of children in Solomon Islands.
85% of yaws cases worldwide live in Solomon Islands, PNG and Ghana