Through this WASH project, Handicap International, working in partnership with a local DPO and Messiah College, demonstrate actions that enabled people with disabilities (PWD) to gain independence to meet their own WASH needs in a small Malian city. Recognising the persistence of physical accessibility barriers, the project supported the population of Mandiakuy, including PWD, to design and construct accessible water sources and community latrines. The project also developed and disseminated technological solutions to support PWD to transport water jerry cans to their homes and manoeuver them for domestic use. This paper demonstrates the importance of creating a network of advocacy groups. Also contributing to the success of the partnership was the sourcing of local materials for the purposes of construction. Lastly, this paper shares an important lesson for inclusive WASH programming—technological solutions that improve access to water sources can often face problems of sustainability if the more difficult barriers of stigma and discrimination against PWD are not simultaneously addressed. [authors abstract]
This case study is one of sixteen from the Towards Inclusive WASH series, supported by AusAID’s Innovations Fund.
|Title||Access to water, hygiene and sanitation for persons with disabilities in the locality of Mandiakuy (Tominian Circle in Mali)|
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