On 20 May 2017, the Tracking Needs team was at Bartish Community, Mbara, Bokkos LGA, Plateau State for research and investigation over their urgent capital needs. This was following baseline indicators that informed us that the community has several challenges on access to basic social amenities. The community of 3500 population est. has no access to clean water, electricity, and dilapidated healthcare facility. Basic Rights Watch has commissioned several advocacy strategies over the case of Bartish, and calls on all relevant governmental and non-governmental authorities to urgently intervene in the community.
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Bartish lacks access to clean water. The community water well that dries up during the dry season, although they have to access a stream water over a far distance. Both water sources are unhygienic and expose the community to several diseases such as diarrhea. There is an urgent need for the community to be provided with an access to clean water.
Bartish Community has no health facility and has to go over 5 km to access a primary healthcare facility. This has extensively affected the community who now rely on traditional birth attendants and other local sources for healthcare. There is an urgent need for the provision of a healthcare centre in the community, so they can access healthcare for their children and nursing/pregnant mothers most importantly.
“We do not have any healthcare facility. There is no medical personnel. Lack of healthcare is our greatest challenge.” – Mr Bulus, Village Chief of Bartish
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