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+ 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.
Report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
The official report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP) has been released. Sustainable development goal no. 6 in the report states a very clear goal for WASH in Schools.
SDG # 6. Achieve Universal Access to Water and Sanitation:
6a. Provide universal access to safe drinking water at home, and in schools, health centers, and refugee camps
6b. End open defecation and ensure universal access to sanitation at school and work, and increase access to sanitation at home
- 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
- RFP: Research for Hygiene Behavioural Change among School Children in the Philippines
- SACOSAN-V – South Asian Conference on Sanitation, 11-13 November 2013, Kathmandu, Nepal
- WASH in Schools e-debate results feed into key international working groups
- Webinar: WASH in Schools, 13 December 2012