The objectives of DAM Watsan programme are to adapt and streamline WatSan interventions with micro and macro level needs and to identify sectoral challenges from global as well as national perspectives with a view to designing a longer term roadmap. During the period of intervention, DAM implemented 14 projects in 10 districts covering 33 upazilas and two municipalities serving approximately 2.51 million disadvantaged people.
Safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene promotion are very effective determinants of health. DAM aims at promoting preventive approaches to ensure safe drinking water, use of sanitary latrines and behavior change hygienic practices among the disadvantaged poor communities as well as school including coastal belt, haor, Barind, hills, char and semi-urban areas. DAM has been working to promote the availability, accessibility and utilisation of water and sanitation services and facilities in both software and hardware.
DAM conducted training courses for capacity development of field staff, community eaders, volunteers, TBA, caretakers and local government officials. As many as 7,023 trainees took part. DAM WatSan also provides capacity building support for WASH in school activities meant for teachers and SMC where the number of participants was 1,882. Orientation was given to 72,076 members of students’ brigade at school level. Handbooks, guideline, sector and project brochures, technology album, training manuals, and IEC-BCC materials on water supply, improved sanitation and hygienic behaviour were developed and used. About 548 workshops were held in district, upazila, union and ward levels. Ten budgets and planning sessions were held at UP level while 7,386 courtyard meetings were held where 118,536 people took part.
In the WatSan programme, DAM’s development partners are CARE Bangladesh, Concern Universal Bangladesh, CORDAID, UNICEF, EMF-NL, Voltea, Proportion Foundation, Max Foundation, Oxfam GB, Plan Bangladesh, WaterAid Bangladesh, WSP-World Bank and DAM-UK.