Success Story: Falling in Love All Over Again

“Life in rural Zambia is unbearable.” This is the story that is always heard among newly trained teachers who are posted in rural areas. This reaction is due to the perception that rural schools have poor or inadequate water and sanitation facilities.

SPLASH Encourages a Community Approach to Menstrual Hygiene Management

SPLASH’s comprehensive WASH in Schools program includes a strong menstrual hygiene management (MHM) component. Having the confidence to attend school at all times can make the difference between succeeding and dropping out for many adolescent girls.

Shifting Social Norms Pave the Way for Sustainability

What a village headman and a school teacher learn about sanitation and menstrual hygiene, respectively, during SPLASH education sessions calls into question old beliefs and has a lasting and profound impact on the individuals and their communities.

A Surprise Inoculation Against Cholera

After the cholera epidemic tore through Migori County in January–February 2015, Ministry of Public Health officials discovered a surprise— two communities in Rongo subcounty, the epicenter of the epidemic, experienced zero cases of cholera. Why did these two villages, Kauma and Kanyangiela, not present any cholera cases, and why were they seen as safe havens amidst a strong outbreak despite being initially considered areas of high risk? The Ministry of Health (MOH) sent a team of investigators to examine the situation.

Improvements in Water Access and Quality Extend beyond the Schoolyard

SPLASH accompanies the installation of water points at school with outreach to the community to ensure all beneficiaries contribute to maintenance and upkeep and that behaviors taught at school will be carried over at home.

Sustainable Approaches: Strategies for Operations and Maintenance

Building new sanitation facilities and providing functioning water points to schools is just the first step in the USAID–funded SPLASH project’s goal of creating healthy school environments that encourage learning and achievement.

School Leaders Witness Increased Attendance and Enrollment at Schools with Improved Sanitation Infrastructure

Throughout the SPLASH districts, head teachers repeat the observation that attendance improves and enrollment increases when SPLASH installs new water points, toilets, and washrooms. The SPLASH School Outcome Study will soon quantify these jumps.

Integrating WASH/MHM into Existing Government Systems

SPLASH in Zambia’s Eastern Province has served as a model for the Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education to demonstrate: integration of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and menstrual hygiene management (MHM) into schools and the curriculum.

USAID/Zambia SPLASH Project - School WASH Indaba, Day One

August 14, 2012 was the kick off day for the first ever WASH in Schools Indaba (a multi-stakeholder strategic planning meeting) in Eastern Province of Zambia. This event was convened by the Zambia Ministry of Education, UNICEF, and the USAID-funded Schools Promoting Learning Achievement through Sanitation and Hygiene (SPLASH) project, implemented by the WASHplus project. Ninety-three participants and 15 SPLASH staff gathered for the opening ceremony, along with high-level Eastern Province government representatives.

SPLASH - Menstrual Hygiene Day Poem 2015

This poem is recited by students at Zambia's Magwero School for the Blind.


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