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TitlePromoting household water treatment and hygiene : country program brief Nepal
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsUSAID -Washington, DC, US. Hygiene Improvement Project, HIP
Secondary TitleCountry program brief
Pagination6 p.; 6 photographs
Date Published2009-06-01
PublisherUSAID -Washington, DC, US. Hygiene Improvement Project, HIP, HIP
Place PublishedWashington, DC, USA
Keywordsaccess to water, drinking water, nepal, safe water supply, water quality, water quality monitoring, water quality standards, water supply

Significant advances have been made in access to water supply in Nepal in the past two decades, yet the quality of drinking water has remained unacceptably low. In collaboration with Nepal’s Department of Water Supply and Sewerage, the USAID Hygiene Improvement Project (USAID/HIP) began working with UNICEF in 2006 on a comprehensive approach to improve water quality in four pilot districts in the country with the hopes of taking the approach nationwide. The overall goal of this collaboration, called the Nepal Hygiene Improvement Project (NHIP), was to improve family health, especially among children under age five, by promoting better hygienic practices, including treatment and safe storage of drinking water and hand washing with soap. The project adopted a three pillar approach—access to necessary supplies and equipment; an enabling environment that includes supportive policy and institutional capacity; and promotion, including social mobilization, marketing, and education. The Government of Nepal through the Department of Water Supply and Sewerage and UNICEF served as the implementing bodies of this public-private sector effort, while USAID/HIP provided focused technical assistance. [authors abstract]

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