This training manual is aimed at drainage workers in community sanitation (public works). Its goal is to educate on how to improve sanitation conditions that play a role in disease transmission, not only of mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue, malaria, yellow fever and West Nile virus, but of others related to bacterial pathogens and carried by rats and flies.
This manual was especially designed for workers. It contains useful illustrations and diagrams that enhance its use as an educational tool—not only for the workers who clean and repair secondary drains for ministries and local governments, but also for the general public by making them aware of the role drains play in public health and safety. It is a good example of how social communication can be used to raise community awareness of domestic-sanitation issues and their effect on public health. Indeed, taking dengue as an example, it has been shown that improvements in domestic sanitation are the main factor in disease prevention and reduction of the burden of this disease.
PAHO is making this manual available for community health campaigns involved in teaching people about how drainage plays a role in public health, and where community education is a crucial factor in promoting sound sanitary practices.