Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Plus (WASHplus)
The WASHplus project supports healthy households and communities by creating and delivering interventions that lead to significant improvements in access, practices, and health outcomes related to water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and household air pollution (HAP). This multi-year project (2010-2016), led by FHI 360 in partnership with CARE and Winrock International, is funded through USAID’s Bureau for Global Health. WASHplus is also joined by a diverse set of NGO, university, and private sector resource partners. WASHplus uses at-scale as well as integrated approaches to reduce diarrheal diseases and acute respiratory infections, the two top killers of children under five years of age globally. WASHplus can integrate WASH and HAP activities into existing HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, nutrition and education programs and fosters strong in-country partnerships to increase impact. In addition, WASHplus is charged with exploring and promoting innovation in the WASH and HAP sectors.
WASHplus creates partnerships to develop evidence-based interventions that lead to improvements in water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and household air pollution (HAP) by:
- Applying small doable actions to build healthy households and communities through feasible and effective behavior change
- Improving access to and innovation in sanitation for different geographies, marketplaces, personal needs, and preferences
- Involving consumers, governments, and manufacturers to improve cookstoves and develop clean cooking solutions
- Integrating WASH with other development priorities—education, nutrition, maternal and child health, neglected tropical diseases, HIV/AIDS—for sustainability and scale
WASHplus supported had separate programs in seven countries: Bangledesh, Benin, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Uganda, and Zambia.