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).

6 years of school WASH research have come together!

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.

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School Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: Myths proved and disproved

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.

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About SWASH+

This section contains background information and highlights from the SWASH+ project:

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SWASH+ webinar

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.

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Keeping Ugandan girls in school - fundraiser

Support the  IRC fundraiser to raise € 10,000  to ensure that 1,500 people in Uganda get sustainable access to safe water. And that the distance girls in the community have to walk to collect water will be reduced so that they can spend more time in school.

Every day, in Uganda, girls have to walk more than a kilometre carrying 20 litre containers of water on their heads. That means they miss out on school. On Sunday 12 March: IRC staff, family and friends will run The Hague's City Pier City to help change this situation. Sponsor our runners and support us in keeping the girls of Uganda in school.

Keeping Ugandan girls in school - fundraiser