Bringing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Education to Schools in Need
Rationale for the focus on schools (and their communities):
  • 50% of schools in the developing world currently do not have access to clean water while 75% do not have access to adequate sanitation.
  • Approximately one-third of the population in South Asia and Sub Saharan Africa (areas of greatest watsan need) are of school going age.
  • Children are significantly more vulnerable to water borne diseases
  • Programs launched in schools can, with the right stimuli, gain momentum in their communities and are often the best way to ensure long-term behavior changes within a population. (Children get to hear the same consistent message for years).
  • Improved attendance, performance and retention, particularly of girls, have been seen in schools where watsan is provided
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  • Effective hygiene education can be measured, using pre and post surveys, by the reduction in disease and can serve as one indicator of success.
Rationale for the focus on hygiene education
  • Hygiene education helps students establish a clear link between the water-borne diseases they are commonly afflicted with and their own hygiene practices
  • Improved hygiene is seen to be the single most important factor in reducing diarrheal episodes.

    Table I: Providing access to clean water, sanitation facilities and hygiene education has been shown to reduce diarrheal episodes dramatically.

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