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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WaSH in Schools benefit 18,335 children in Southern Philippines

The City Government of Zamboanga through its WaSH in Schools Technical Working Group supported by UNICEF Philippines have introduced the WaSH in Schools program to 8 elementary schools with a combined population of 18,335. After training more than 700 public school teachers in Zamboanga City in November 2015, the City is now implementing the WaSH in Schools, a program which introduces three major interventions namely daily group toothbrushing, daily group handwashing with soap and twice a year deworming in schools.

WaSH in Schools benefit 18,335 children in Southern Philippines