Sustaining and Scaling School Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Plus Community Impact, the SWASH+ project, is a five-year applied research project to identify, develop, and test innovative approaches to school-based water, sanitation and hygiene in Nyanza Province, Kenya. The partners that form the SWASH+ consortium are CARE, Emory University, the Great Lakes University of Kisumu, the Government of Kenya, and Water.org. SWASH+ is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Global Water Challenge.
Since September 2006, SWASH+ has worked in 185 primary schools in four districts in Nyanza Province, gathering data, learning about challenges and testing solutions for school water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
SWASH+ Kenya: cleaning the classroomRead more
SWASH+ Kenya: friendsRead more
SWASH+ Kenya: adding water guardRead more
SWASH+ Kenya: working togetherRead more
SWASH+ Kenya: everyone has a task when cleaningRead more
SWASH+ Kenya: school toilet with handwashing instructionRead more
SWASH+ Kenya: safe drinking water tankRead more
SWASH+ is an action-research and advocacy project focused on increasing the scale, impact and sustainability of school water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions in Kenya. Since September 2006, SWASH+ has worked in 185 primary schools in four districts in Nyanza Province, Kenya to identify challenges and analyse innovative solutions for sustaining school WASH. The project’s randomized controlled trials and numerous sub-studies have resulted in a compendium of journal articles, research reports, one-page research summaries, stories from the field, photo essays and videos now available on this website.
Power point presentation on the findings of the SWASH+ project; on what was learned as far as validating (or invalidating) some of the common assumptions around school WASH and trying to answer some of the more perplexing questions.
This section contains background information and highlights from the SWASH+ project:
- About the SWASH+ project
- What we learned
- Key achievements
- Main messages
- Top 10 research findings
- Lessons from the process
Key findings from the SWASH+ project:
This folder contains the SWASH+ documents by category:
- SWASH+ at a glance
- Measuring impact
- Measuring sustainability
- Reaching scale
- Technology and infrastructure
- Monitoring evaluation
- Process documentation
- Journal publications
Stories from the SWASH+ project:
- All the difference: how water, sanitation and hygiene in a school changed one girl’s life
- Boys and male teachers play a role in helping girls manage menstruation
- Sophia’s struggle
- The number one priority
Videos compiled by CARE for the SWASH+ project:
- Thinking big: Using school water, sanitation and hygiene for nation-wide change
- Getting parents involved in monitoring water, sanitation and hygiene services at schools
- Maintaining school water, sanitation, and hygiene services
Photo essays created for the SWASH+ programme on topics which arose during the project period:
- Anal cleansing in rural Kenyan schools
- Clean water access for students
- The plight of school WASH in rural Kenya
- Bringing safe water to Kenya's schools
- Schools get resourceful
- School handwashing: barriers and benefits
- Pupil power: student action brings WASH-changes
This webinar, held in December 2012, explored how national policy is influenced by the work of UNICEF in India and SWASH+ in Kenya. Combining these experiences, the webinar aimed to do three things:
- examine how UNICEF India supports the Indian government in identifying and overcoming obstacles that prevent the achievement of sustainable WASH in Schools
- explore how the SWASH+ research helped change the national policy on school WASH in Kenya
- provide insights into how best to track progress and results.
The presenters were: Brooks Keene and Jason Oyugi from CARE and Mamita Bora Thakkar from UNICEF India.
Sanitation on the other side of the wall
A passionate school teacher took the lead in making his school a model in sanitation. However, the ground in front of the school is an open defecation area. This is the case at the government primary school in Madanpur Khadar, a resettlement colony on the periphery of Delhi. The school headmaster, Shamin Ahmed, with the support from a local NGO, CASP Plan (a Program Unit of Plan India), has made tremendous efforts towards improving the water and sanitation conditions in the school, which had very challenging circumstances. The headmaster has been proactive in mobilizing funds to make school toilets functional and water accessible to the children and taught them hygiene practices.
Ironically, while the efforts inside the school are towards a sanitized environment, the school boundary wall on the outside is used by the community members for open defecation.
- Proceedings of the Menstrual Hygiene Management in Schools Virtual Conference
- Impact of WASH in improving health of school children reviewed
- Creative measures improve sanitation programmes in eight African countries
- Nov 21, 2013 – Virtual Menstrual Hygiene Management in WASH in Schools Conference
- Latin American and Caribbean countries agree on joint sanitation monitoring
- Equity of Access to WASH in Schools: A Comparative Study of Policy and Service Delivery