Essential WASH Actions: Draft

Essential WASH Actions are practices that contribute significantly to disease reduction and improved health outcomes. This proposed draft covers safe feces handling and disposal, optimal handwashing, and treatment and safe storage of drinking water.

Laying the Groundwork to Scale Up Sanitation Marketing in Ethiopia, A Learning Brief

Between February 2, 2015 and October 31st, 2015, with support from USAID’s WASHplus project and the Vitol Foundation, iDE implemented a project to scale up rural sanitation marketing in rural areas of four regions of Ethiopia (SNNPR (Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples), Amhara, Oromia, Tigray). Building on the success of a pilot project that established the potential to scale sanitation marketing in rural Ethiopia, this project aimed to:

WASHplus Kenya Program: Project Brief

The WASHplus project in Kenya supports the Ministry of Health and its partners to integrate improved water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) practices into HIV policies and activities. The project works closely with communities, encouraging households to identify small doable actions they can take to improve health and prevent diarrhea.

Integrating WASH and Nutrition for Healthy Communities

Working through CARE Mali, the overall goal of WASHplus in Mali is to improve the nutritional status of 187,000 women of reproductive age and 60,000 of their children (especially those under two) in poor, rural households and communities. The programme had three objectives to reach this goal:

1. Increase supply of appropriate, affordable, and sustainable WASH solutions;

2. Increase demand for low-cost sanitation; and

3. Improve sanitation and hygiene practices and nutrition behaviours.

Behavior-Centered Approaches to Improve Health Outcomes, A Learning Brief

This technical brief presents the WASHplus approach to behavior change applied in various country settings to imrove WASH practices and serve as the foundation of the project's global guidance.

The Power of Integration to Multiply Development Impact, A Learning Brief

Under the WASHplus project integration was a strategic approach to attain desired health and development outcomes and combined WASH with nutrition, education, HIV, and neglected tropical diseases programs. The brief features accompanying slide decks focusing on sector-specific integration programming.

What is the USAID/WASHplus Benin Urban Hygiene Improvement Program?

This brief provides an overview of the pilot hygiene improvement program in two of Cotonou’s most neglected peri-urban neighborhoods, Agbato and Enagnon. The program focuses primarily on handwashing with soap and safe household drinking water. 

WASHing Away Worms and Other Neglected Tropical Diseases

Although mass drug administration is key to reducing NTDs, reinfection will remain a problem if WASH behaviors are not addressed. WASHplus is documenting the links between WASH and NTDs and exploring ways to integrate WASH into NTD programs.

Expanding Coverage and Promoting Sustainability of WASH Infrastructure and Hygiene Investments in Madagascar

To meet demand for access to clean water and hygienic sanitation options in a country severely lacking in both, some USAID-funded water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) projects in Madagascar have been exploring public-private solutions to increase access to clean water and sanitation facilities. These include newly constructed or rehabilitated fee-for-use public sanitation WASH blocks and water kiosks, provided in strategic locations in peri-urban areas with assistance from Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) and supplemental assistance from WASHplus.


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