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Central America: SWASH+ program expands to 150 more schools

Photo; Water For People

With new funds from the Inter-American Development Bank and The Coca-Cola Foundation, the SWASH+ program will provide safe drinking water, restroom facilities, and improved hygiene education to over 15,000 more students at 150 schools in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

SWASH+ (School Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Education Plus Community Impact) Central America is a regional of the Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) that is be implemented by the US NGOs Water For People, CARE and Catholic Relief Services. So far the program has provided school sanitation facilities to 17,331 students in 152 schools.

In Guatemala, SWASH+ is targeting 65 additional schools and communities in Guatemala. In each school, the program trains the Parent-Teacher Association and school director to build a water supply system. Training on water treatment is also provided. The community helps to build or renovate school restrooms.

Co-financing from local governments and communities is a key part of SWASH+.

Parents and students also participate in hygiene training that emphasizes the importance of handwashing to prevent disease.

UNICEF, ITT and the Global Water Challenge have also been key supporters of the SWASH+ program.

Related web site: SWASH+

Source: Water for People, 23 Aug 2010

Nicaragua: Enacal requesting US$5.78mn for sanitation

Nicaraguan national water and sewerage utility Enacal needs to invest some 120mn córdobas (US$5.78mn) to repair and remodel 25 wastewater treatment plants throughout the country in 2010, local paper La Prensa reported.

The repairs and upgrades are required to avoid a collapse of the sanitation system in several departments. In some cases, the plants have received no maintenance work over the last 10 years, according to Enacal head Ruth Selma Herrera.

The initiatives are included in Enacal’s 2010 investment plan. However, the utility currently lacks the resources to carry out the works, and is requesting financing from several international organizations and cooperation funds.

Enacal has presented its plan to Japanese organizations and IDB, and hopes to receive a loan or donation as soon as possible, the report said.

Source: BNamericas.com [subscription site], 16 Dec 2009

Cambodia: hand washing a low priority in rural areas, ARDA study says

Only one in four rural Cambodians practice appropriate hand washing regardless of access to clean water and hygiene knowledge, according to a recent study presented by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) at the World Federation of Public Health Associations/American Public Health Association (WFPHA/APHA) Annual International Health Breakfast held in San Diego, California.

Dr. Leonard Uisetiawan, provincial projects advisor for the ADRA office in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, who presented the study [said] that less than 26 percent of rural Cambodians use good hand washing techniques regardless of access to clean water and hygiene knowledge. In addition, less than 6 percent of child caretakers properly washed their hands after changing a child’s soiled diaper or after defecation.

This research, funded by Colgate-Palmolive through the American Public Health Association, also highlighted that the practice of hand washing in Cambodian homes is not dependent on the availability of soap, water, buckets, accessibility to hand washing areas, household size, amount of children, mother’s vocation, or educational level.

[...] The Hand Washing Research Project has been conducted over the past year as part of “Phum Mittapheap Koma”, a three-year initiative aimed at improving rural health and reducing morbidity and mortality among more than 22,500 women and 17,400 children in the Kampong Thom province.

View a presentation of the Cambodian study here

See also two other related presentations by Colgate Palmolive Research grant recipients:

  • R. Courtney Cawthon: Hand Washing Education in Quezalguaque, Nicaragua;
  • Tova Reichel: Using the Child-to-Child Approach in Promoting Positive Hygiene Behaviors among Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in Rural Western Kenya 
  • Source: Satha Sin, Nadia McGill and Hearly Mayr, ARDA, 31 Dec 2008 ; WFPHA Monthly E-newsletter, Nov 2008

    Latin America: new publications from WSP

    New document from the Water and Sanitation Programme (WSP):

    1. Sanitation in Nicaragua: (El estado del saneamiento en Nicaragua – Resultados de una evaluación en comunidades rurales, pequeñas localidades y zonas periurbanas). In Spanish only.

    2. Communication, water and sanitation in Latin America. English.

    See also: Water and Sanitation Programme and Agua Latina

    Read more: Agua potable y saneamiento en Nicaragua