Addressing WASH in Southern Bangladesh (WASH Plus) project

Project Introduction:

Bhola district located in Southwestern Bangladesh is selected as the proposed project site because of the region’s high incidence of water born diseases, poor nutrition indicators, absence of sustainable WaSH service provision, and highly marginalized and environmentally vulnerable population. Its proximity to the Bay of Bengal makes this region particularly vulnerable. With geographically comprised mostly of rivers and isolated hard-to-reach river islands, communities in these areas have limited livelihood opportunities due to unpredictable natural disasters, poor infrastructure, limited access and communication with the mainland, saline contamination, and inadequate safe drinking water and sanitation services. A number of barriers exist within southwestern Bangladesh that needs to be addressed to promote and sustain WASH coverage within this area.

Project Agreement Number: AID-OAA-A-10-00040-00-

Overall Objective:

To contribute to the improvement of human well being and dignity through context-specific and scalable water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion in hard to reach areas of southwestern Bangladesh

Specific Objectives:

To reach poor and marginalized communities with comprehensive and sustainable safe water, sanitation, and hygiene promotion using locally appropriate technologies and approaches in Daulatkhan upazilas.

Outcome 1:Poor and disadvantaged people’s access to safe drinking water, improved sanitation, and their hygiene practices improved.

Outcome 2: Local capacity to operate and maintain WASH facilities; manage allocation and utilization of WASH budgets

Outcome 3:Improved evidence base documentation and coordination in programming among WASH-nutrition actors for sustainability of WASH facilities ensured.

Outputs:

Output 1.1: People living without appropriate WASH facilities have gained or improved their access to safe drinking water and/or hygienic latrines.

Output 1.2: At least one-fourth of the households served with safe water and/or improved sanitation facilities have adopted better hygiene (hand washing) and feces disposal practices.

Output 1.3: An increased number of communities (wards) within the target areas have attained ODF status as per survey/local government recognition.

Output 1.4:One or more technological innovations developed or adapted and applied to meet local needs for improved sanitation and hand washing.

Project Components: Safe water, Safe Sanitation, Hand washing & Menstrual hygiene Management.

Major Activities:

  • Established community based participatory Monitoring System and conduct meeting & monitoring with DF
  • Introduce, Review & Monitoring of Environmental Mitigation and Management Plan
  • Mobile based online monitoring system
  • Community  situation analysis(CSA)
  • Community Mobilization for WASH Behavior Change (increased sanitation, hand washing, and availability of safe water at household level)
  • Mass campaign on hand washing at community
  • Mass monitoring for ODF declaration
  • DTW installation at community level
  • Latrine Installation (HH)
  • Caretaker Training on operation and maintenance  of water options
  • Sensitization with Community Leader’s/ health assistance/ Ward/Union Watsan committees of Local Government (45 W & 5 UP)
  • Training leadership and management for CDF
  • Demonstration on Hand Washing device(Public place/ UP/WWP)
  • Training of the Community  volunteers
  • Sanitation Marketing
  • School teacher orientation on hygiene promotion
  • Toolbox for mechanics and caretakers of water options
  • Participation in Horizontal Learning Program of LGD/exposure visit
  • Exit Meeting

Project Participants (Direct):

Children(0-10)

Adolescent(11-17)

Youth(18-25)

Adult(26-60)

Senior Citizen(61+)

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

6,250

6,250

6,289

6,289

6,250

6,250

5050

5050

1050

1450

Project Duration: April 2013 – May -2015

Financial partner (Donor) : Wateraid Bangladesh .

Implementing partner (if any):  N/A

Project Location/s and number of Field offices:  Doulatkhan, Bhola

Project Budget: Total BDT = 41,358,317.00

Number of project staffs and volunteers:

Staff (Regular)

Paid Volunteer

Non-Paid Volunteer

M

F

M

F

M

F

19

8

65

13

0

0

Conclusion:

This project was designed in keeping with the aim of improving of human well being and dignity through context-specific and scalable water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion in hard to reach areas of southwestern Bangladesh. In view of the geographical and social context, this intervention was an accurate time based respond to the community’s development more specifically for water and sanitation which will have positive long term impact for reducing water borne disease and improving hygiene promotion across the local area.

Contact Person: Md. Ziaur Rahman, Project Manager

Email: ziaur183@yahoo.com, Cell : 01712147183