Access to Essential Services Award 2012

The Access to Essential Services Award went to the French Red Cross, working in partnership with the Togolese Red Cross, for their “Mothers’ Clubs Initiative” project in the Savannah region, Northern Togo.

The Mothers' Clubs act as permanent hubs and focal points within their community for ensuring awareness of the importance of sanitation and waste management and for raising awareness of suitable hygiene practice. Women, by virtue of their place within the community, represent a key inter-generational pivot for raising awareness amongst their peers, in relation to community health, the management of water structures and good practices relating to water storage, hygiene and the general sanitation of the village. The method developed by the Mothers’ Clubs expanded to 24 villages in Chad, affecting 775 women. This project of the Togolese Red Cross, in partnership with the French Red Cross, has kept its promises of strengthening the role of women in their communities.

Watch the "Access to Essential Services" Award’s project film