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TitleSustaining school handwashing and water treatment : lessons learned and to be learned
Publication TypeProgress Report
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsEmory University, Kisumu, GLakes Univ, Kenya, CARE
Pagination15 p.; 4 tab.
Date Published05/2008
PublisherCARE Kenya
Place PublishedNairobi, Kenya
Publication LanguageEnglish
Keywordshand washing, kenya nyanza, safe water supply, schools, sustainability

In 2005, CARE implemented the Safe Water System in 60 schools in rural Nyanza province. The intervention included safe storage and treatment of drinking water, facilities and promotion for handwashing with soap, and the formation of school health clubs to promote message transfer to other children and communities. An evaluation was conducted in 2006 to estimate benefits and determine whether the intervention was still in place. That evaluation identified several potential threats to sustainability including: movement of teachers, availability of inputs and affordability of water treatment and soap. The ongoing five year Sustaining and Scaling School Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Plus Community Impact (SWASH+) project incorporated the CARE SWS intervention as its “Base Package”. The relatively low cost, simple technology and proven benefits made it a promising scalable school-based WASH intervention. Other components such as sanitation improvements and water supply pose added costs and challenges to schools. [authors abstract]

This is a SWASH+ -output.

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