Rural Access to New Opportunities for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (RANO WASH) is a five-year, $30 million project to improve WASH services in rural Madagascar. RANO WASH is be implemented by a CARE-led consortium that includes Catholic Relief Services, WaterAid, BushProof and Sandandrano with activities planned through 2022. It will improve the health of people in 250 communes in the regions of Vatovavy Fitovinany, Atsinanana, Alaotra Mangoro, Amoron’i Mania, Haute Matsiatra, and Vakinankaratra.
RANO WASH aims to increase access to clean water for vulnerable populations, including girls, women and people with disabilities. In total, over 600,000 people will benefit from the project. This includes 300,000 people who will get access to clean drinking water through 140 water supply systems. These systems will be managed by local businesses with training from the project. A further 375,000 people will have better sanitation options thanks to improvements and rehabilitation work to existing toilets and cleaning stations. 190 public facilities, including health centers and schools, are among the locations destined to receive improved sanitation facilities.