Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project
Bangladesh has large and complex needs related to access to safe drinking water and appropriate sanitation. The country is very vulnerable to the effects of climate change, which combines with high level of poverty, arsenic contaminated ground water and over population, all hider progress toward SDG targets and Government of Bangladesh (GoB) goals related to drinking water, sanitation, health and development. Wash project was introduced in Khagrachari in 2016 aiming to ensure water sanitation and hygiene at communities where BDRCS provided livelihood/Cash grant support through EcoSec Project.
- Tube-well and sanitary latrine installation for safe living even at time of disaster.
- WASH block construction in school for menstrual hygiene and disables.
- Water reservoir and arsenic removal filter distribution for safe water supply.
Around 5000 people in 20 communities have been benefitted through the project.
- Six communities have already been under 100% sanitation coverage with ensuring safe drinking water supply and hygiene practice.
- Training on PHAST was provided to 24 Community Volunteers (CV), Two Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (VCA) has been completed under this project, 06 teachers and students from 03 schools have received Children Hygiene and Sanitation Training (CHAST).
- 774 extreme poor families are now getting free improved sanitation system, 66 repaired and newly installed tube well, water supply from the cascade with supply pipe.
- Practice of primary health care has been initiated.
- 15 communities are now Open Defecation Free (ODF).
- Initiatives are taken for ensuring safe water supply and hygiene and many others.
CD department is initially contributing in achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) along with the achievement regarding safe water supply, improved sanitation, life and livelihood development, health education, eradication of superstition and social immorality, multiple grain cultivation, crop production increasing, disaster preparedness and risk reduction and institutional capacity enhancement of very poor and vulnerability prone people.