Integration was a core strategic objective of the WASHplus project, and almost all implementation countries had an integration component. Integration took place across different sectors including: WASH-HIV, WASH-nutrition, WASH-NTD, WASH-education.
WASHplus integrated WASH into HIV in Kenya and Uganda. These were deliberate integrated programs implemented with HIV funding. In Kenya, WASHplus also integrated inclusive sanitation into the Kenya WASH-HIV program to bring WASH to all vulnerable populations.
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.
Intervention and comparison households in Kenya were surveyed to determine drinking water treatment and storage practices, handwashing, management of feces, sanitation facility condition and use, and menstrual hygiene management.
Essential WASH Actions are practices that contribute significantly to disease reduction and improved health outcomes. This proposed draft covers safe feces handling and disposal, optimal handwashing, and treatment and safe storage of drinking water.
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.