The SWASH+ consortium has launched a new web site: www.swashplus.org
SWASH+ Kenya was developed from a pilot initiative funded by the Coca Cola Africa Foundation. The initiative began in 2005, when the Millennium Water Alliance, CARE, Water.org (formerly Water Partners International), and Kenya-based SANA implemented a school and community WASH project. SWASH+ Kenya’s current partners are CARE, Emory University’s Center for Global Safe Water, Water.org, and the Kenya Water and Health Organisation. It is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Global Water Challenge.
SWASH+ Central America, launched in early 2008 and based in part upon SWASH+ Kenya, is the first regional program of the Millennium Water Alliance (MWA), a group of 11 US-based NGOs that work in the WASH sector. The project is being implemented in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, by MWA partners CARE, Catholic Relief Services, and Water For People. The project is coordinated by the Millennium Water Program Secretariat, which is hosted by Water For People in the Regional Office for Central America in Honduras. It is funded by each partner, Global Water Challenge, UNICEF, ITT Corporation, and other key donors including national and local municipal governments.
As a learning project, SWASH+ in Kenya focused on gathering data on the impact of school WASH interventions on schools and communities through research that included randomised controlled trials in 185 schools.
The new web site presents downloadable research reports on topics ranging from latrine maintenance, to menstrual management, to rainwater harvesting. Reports on impacts of school WASH on pupil absenteeism and links to other organisations will soon be available.
SWASH+ news updates are published in the SWASH+ blog.