Bangladesh

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Improved Chlorination Mitigates Disease Outbreaks

Access to safe drinking water is critical in preventing transmission of waterborne diseases. The benefits of using chlorine as a disinfectant in emergencies and waterborne disease outbreaks include low cost, high availability, and ease of monitoring. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) specialists have assisted Ministries of Water and Health and other partners to improve chlorination and water quality monitoring in Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, Zambia, and Zimbabwe during outbreaks and emergencies.

Manual

A Guide to Strengthening the Enabling Environment for Faecal Sludge Management: Experience from Bangladesh, Kenya and Zambia

This guide presents an introduction to conceptualising and strengthening the enabling environment for faecal sludge management (FSM) services in low-income urban areas.

It is based on WSUP’s experience working with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop market-based solutions for on-site sanitation services in the cities of Dhaka and Chittagong (Bangladesh), Kisumu (Kenya) and Lusaka (Zambia).

 

Event

Regional WASH Innovation Challenge

The purpose of the Regional WASH Innovation Challenge will be to identify innovative solutions to promote handwashing with soap that can be implemented to scale in the South Asia region. The promotion will focus on:

  • Improving education and awareness of handwashing with soap, identifying the benefits of using soap, understanding of proper handwashing techniques, and critical times for handwashing;
  • Behaviour change, resulting in and sustaining the increase of good practice of handwashing with soap, using proper techniques and at critical times; and
  • Health impact where the incidence of diarrhoeal diseases and respiratory infections is reduced, improving children’s health and mitigating the risk of preventable child deaths.
Central Program

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Partnerships and Learning for Sustainability

The Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Partnerships and Learning for Sustainability (WASHPaLS) project is a five-year (2016–2021) Task Order working to improve water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programming by identifying, researching and sharing best practices for the delivery of WASH services and sustained behavior change. WASHPaLS supports the Agency’s goal of reducing morbidity and mortality in children under five as part of the Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths initiative.

Activity

MaMoni Project

Awarded in 2009, the Integrated Safe Motherhood, Newborn Care, and Family Planning Project (MaMoni) was an associate award under USAID’s global flagship maternal, newborn, and child health program, MCHIP. MaMoni works in the Habiganj and Sylhet districts of Bangladesh, reaching a population of more than 3.5 million.

Activity

Integrated Agriculture-Health Based Initiative

Approximately one-fourth of Bangladeshis have limited availability, access to and consumption of adequate quantities of nutritious food the year round. Given the fact that food quantity and quality have the most direct links between agriculture, food security and health, investments need to be enhanced in agriculture so that small farmers, particularly women, can make a significant contribution to improve household food security and nutrition. Over the past 15 years, the decline in child undernutrition, particularly stunting,- has not kept pace with the decline in poverty.

Activity

Strengthening Household Ability to Respond to Development Opportunities II

SHOUHARDO II (Strengthening Household Ability to Respond to Development Opportunities II) is a five-year June 2010-May 2015, USAID-funded Title II project designed to transform the lives of women and men in 370,000 poor and extreme poor (PEP) households in eleven of the poorest and most marginalized districts in Bangladesh by reducing their vulnerability to food insecurity.

Activity

Program for Strengthening Household Access to Resources

The food security situation in the targeted area of Bangladesh was critical at the point of project inception in 2010. Despite real wage growth in the previous five years leading to program initiation, a high rate of households, 31.5 percent, were in poverty. High food commodity prices, rising since 2007, exacerbated an already poor food security situation.