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WASH support to government

Stakeholder discussion between Government and Cooperating Partners,
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Stakeholder discussion between government and development partners in Choma, Southern Province

Reducing water and sanitation related diseases through hygiene promotion

The other component of the programme is to increase the proportion of population adopting improved hygiene practices (hand washing with soap (HWWS)) in 20 districts by 2015, including emergency context. 

Key indicators of progress include the proportion of the population being exposed to mass media information campaigns for improved hygiene practices, and adopting improved hygiene practices (HWWS), both disaggregated for monitoring of inequalities.  The number of public-private partnerships for hygiene promotion will be monitored, as will the incidence of diarrhoea and worm infections.

Activities toward the achievement of the WASH program results will include capacity building of government, institutions and other partners in the provision of equitable water supply, sanitation and hygiene services in vulnerable communities across 20 districts, and support to enable communities to demand and manage water services. 

Assistance will be provided to promote household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS), and to promote innovative approaches to accelerate access to water for most vulnerable groups, including those affected by climate change and emergencies. Communities will be enabled to demand and manage sanitation services through the CLTS framework, and CLTS expansion and other innovative approaches, (such as legal enforcement and social marketing) will be promoted to accelerate access to sanitation for most vulnerable groups.

Further support will be provided to enable government, institutions and partners to provide adequate hygiene messages to the population, and of strategic public-private partnership for promoting HWWS. Finally, the programme will be underpinned by advocacy for policies that promote equitable access to improved water and rural sanitation, through integrating community water supply with sanitation and hygiene promotion.



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