Pakistan Safe Drinking Water and Hygiene Promotion Project (PSDW-HPP)

 

USAID implemented the Pakistan Safe Drinking Water and Hygiene Promotion Project (PSDW-HPP) as part of its goal to improve basic health services for the Pakistani population. The four-year project (2006–2010) was designed to increase the effectiveness and sustainability of the Government of Pakistan's Clean Drinking Water for All (CDWA) program by conducting complementary hygiene and sanitation promotion programs, community mobilization initiatives, and diverse capacity-building activities. Specifically, the objective of the project was to improve the health of vulnerable populations and to increase the use of proven interventions to prevent waterborne infectious diseases such as diarrhea.

PSDW-HPP’s geographic scope covered 50 districts and agencies with an estimated total population of 50 million. The project’s target areas included four provinces—Sindh, Baluchistan, Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK)—and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), including earthquake-affected areas in KPK, FATA, and AJK. The initial phase of the project covered 31 districts and agencies with an estimated population of 30 million.

Activity Description

The project was designed to help Pakistan achieve the Millennium Development Goal of a 50 percent reduction in the percentage of its population without access to safe drinking water by 2015. PSDW-HPP’s main components included:

  • Hygiene promotion. Developing, implementing, and evaluating behavior change communications activities to improve safe water management, hand-washing behaviors, and sanitation practices in households. This program included the community hygiene program (including the school program) and the radio program.
  • Capacity building. Strengthening local capacity to manage and operate CDWA-funded water treatment plants in a sustainable manner.
  • Technical reviews. Conducting a technical review on water testing methods and household water treatment technologies.