Kenya: school handwashing and water treatment programmes not sustained

Updated - Monday 22 August 2016

In Nyanza Province, Kenya, a sustainability evaluation of 55 pilot primary schools 2.5 years after the implementation of the Safe Water System (SWS) intervention revealed that programme activities were not successfully sustained in any of the schools visited. The most common criterion met was drinking water provision.

The authors identified six enabling environment domains: financial capacity; accountability; technical feasibility and availability; community support; school leadership and management; and student engagement. While these domains pertain to the sustaining of the SWS activities in schools, they are likely to be applicable in creating an enabling environment and serve as proxy indicators for other school water, sanitation, and hygiene initiatives as well.

This is stated in an article by Saboori, Shadi; Mwaki, Alex; Porter, Sarah E.; Okech, Ben; Freeman, Matthew C.; Rheingans, Richard D. titled Sustaining school hand washing and water treatment programmes: Lessons learned and to be learned published in the journal Waterlines Volume 30, Number 4 (Oct 2011).

The article can only be viewed after payment, for more details click on the link.

The toolkit  Assessing the sustainability & effectiveness of school WASH projects published in 2010 by the same authors is available on the IRC website.



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