We focus on safe water supply, operation and maintenance of
water services, sanitation promotion and hygiene promotion
The sustainability of the rural water supply is still a
thorny issue in East Africa.
The sustainability of communities’ sanitation and hygiene programs strongly depends on a chain of links beginning with real demand, community participation (especially early adopters) as well as community contributions related to adequate revenue generation for maintenance and operation of the facilities established. It has been encouraging in this evaluation to hear and see community own initiatives geared towards contribution (O&M fees) and sustaining the ODF status in the respective villages, for example natural leaders, SHCs, private partners and community facilitators, whose capacities have been built and the roles of women and children sanitation and hygiene promotion
Now focusing on issues related to menstrual hygiene management such as making of reusable pads or linking to a private provider at both school and community level, sanitation marketing to sustain the gains created by Open defecation free villages and respond to sanitation challenges created by rapid urbanization (faecal sludge management using indigenous micro-organisms and other approaches of collection, transportation, disposal, treatment and reuse).
Exploiting the knowledge and learning niche at the national level by investing more in cutting edge research and share widely on appropriate sanitation and hygiene promotion approaches which are cost-effective and able to generate demand for household sanitation and hygiene behavioral change as well as addressing sustainability issues.
Applying sanitation and hygiene promotion approaches in a systematic and sequential manner to exploit the comparative advantages of each while strengthening each other for better results. This evaluation found, the best approach would be to enter a community to identify and prioritize community problems.