Water, Sanitation and Hygiene




© UNICEF Philippines/2012
A student at Pina Elementary School in Guimaras brushes her teeth during a class toothbrushing and handwashing session.

 UNICEF has developed educational materials and a toolkit for effective WASH programmes for local government units (LGUs), particularly in communities with poor water and sanitation. 

 Actively participated in government WASH clusters and technical working groups (TWGs), such as the WASH cluster for emergencies and WASH in Schools TWG that set standards and benchmarks for service delivery (i.e., standardization of hygiene kits and water kits, cluster information management tools, and guidelines and manuals for WASH in emergencies).
 Initiated the development of a communication toolkit and materials for the promotion of water governance with the Department of the Interior and Local Government. Information, education and communication materials to address behaviour change and advocacy were also developed.

 Together with DepED and Fit for School, established a monitoring system to ensure the participation of over 2 million primary school students. Activities included daily group hand washing and tooth brushing, and bi-annual deworming.

 UNICEF has provided WASH sector leadership and services for over 50,000 families in Tropical Storm Washi in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan and Typhoon Bopha in Davao Oriental and Compostella Valley.



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