The report provides a summary of the key cross-cutting themes that informed the six-year WASHplus activity; describes WASH and HAP country-level activities; and includes links to tools, stories, learning briefs, reports, and other resources that provide a full picture of project experience and learning.
To assess the performance of the pilot program, WASHplus carried out a post-only study in the pilot neighborhoods and a comparable neighborhood. The study measured handwashing and drinking water indicators.
WASHplus focused on improving hygiene practices related to handwashing and treatment of household drinking water in households with children under 5, and derived lessons from the experience on how to include effective hygiene improvement in Maternal and Child Health programming.
WASHplus and Peace Corps/Benin have teamed up to produce a set of training and job aids for Peace Corps Volunteers and their counterparts. Eventually, Peace Corps/Benin would like all volunteers serving in Benin to have some WASH training to integrate WASH into whatever their primary program focus is – education, health, environment.
The Benin peri-urban program has taken a new turn by including schools in its efforts to foster improved hygiene practices. Lack of latrines, drinking water and hygiene is acutely felt by the schools. The 10 schools in the pilot neighborhoods of Enagnon and Agbato showed great enthusiasm and engagement after intensive sessions with ABMS school activities coordinator Victoire Mongbo.