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This paper draws on examples from eighteen countries to summarise emerging successes and challenge in programmes that use water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions to prevent and manage neglected tropical diseases (NTD).

TitleWater, sanitation and hygiene to combat neglected tropical diseases : initial lessons from project implementation
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2017
Pagination6 p.
Date Published05/2017
PublisherWorld Health Organization
Place PublishedGeneva, Switzerland
Publication LanguageEnglish

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are essential for preventing and managing diseases including neglected tropical diseases (NTD) which affect over 1 billion people among the poorest communities. Closer coordination of WASH and NTD programmes is needed to ensure WASH services are reaching the most vulnerable populations. Many WASH and NTD actors have started to work together on the planning and implementation of their projects and have documented their experiences and lessons learnt. This paper draws on examples from eighteen countries to summarise emerging successes and challenges. Several examples relate to WASH in Schools projects. Two case studies are highlighted: the Lao PDR and Cambodia CL-SWASH initiative and the CARE Integrated WASH and NTDs Programme in Ethiopia.


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WHO reference number: WHO/FWC/WSH/17.02
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