Learn at School, Practice at Home: Early Childhood Development Centers Reinvigorate Improved Hygiene Practices

Schools often provide models for desired behaviors that we hope children will bring back home. While implementing a community-led total sanitation effort in Maai Mahu division, Kenya, the WASHplus project found that young children in early childhood development (ECD) centers were openly defecating at school.

Two Lives Changed with One Commode

Three years ago, Teresia Murugi, a mother of three from Maai Mahiu, Kenya, was diagnosed with spinal tuberculosis. She now walks with the support of crutches. Although doctors told her she may never walk again unaided, she believes that one day she will. Her strong conviction comes from improvements she made in the hospital after being bedridden for six months.

Simple Actions Keep Patients and their Families Healthier

Maureen Awour, 37, is a single mother living with HIV in Kibera, a sprawling low-income settlement in Kenya’s capital Nairobi. Her health declined drastically late last year when she contracted meningitis and was hospitalized for several weeks. She is now recovering at home, but she is now bedridden and cared for by her sister Lynne Awour.

Delivering Crucial Support on the Frontlines

The WASHplus project has trained more than 300 public health officers across Kenya to integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) messages into interventions for people living with HIV. The officials have, in turn, trained over 1,500 frontline community volunteers to help HIV-positive individuals practice good hygiene.

The Rail of Hope for Radio Technician

A nerve disorder transformed a gregarious man into a shut-in. With the help of a WASHplus-trained community health volunteer, he has a new latrine, built-in commode, and supportive rails that deliver the promise of improved hygiene and dignity.

Latrine Options Expand Thanks to Artisan Training

The lack of sanitation spurs a community health volunteer on a personal mission to encourage people to build latrines. He links up families to a team of WASHplus-trained masons to construct or improve latrines.

Job Aids (English and Two Local Languages)

Small Doable Actions for Improving Household Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Practices.

Menstrual Hygiene Management: Breaking the Secrecy

WASHplus partnered with the Strengthening TB and AIDS Response in South Western Uganda Project or STAR-SW, managed by the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, to pilot a campaign to teach youths living with HIV and their caretakers to safely and hygienically manage menstruation.

Relais Champion New Behaviors to Transform Lives

In Mali, WASHplus-trained relais (community health workers) identify opportunities for behavior change promotion in the areas of hygiene and sanitation and conduct nutrition screening, referrals, and demonstrations that also incorporate WASH messages.


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