WASH - Water and sanitary hygiene in Pakistan

The project will result in the following changes for the people of the KP province in Pakistan: Access to clean water for at least 34,184 individuals (young children, adults and elderly), as well as to sanitation facilities through coordination with other shelter projects. Sanitation and hygiene will be improved as a result of behaviourial changes that are communicated through community health improvement sessions (CHIP), targeting 75% women and school health improvement sessions (SHIP), and targeting primary school age children. 42 water and sanitation committees (WSC), with at least 40% women participation, will be trained and capacitated for ownership. Operations and maintenance of WASH services will be taking place and are linked to development intervention. Disaster resilient WASH services and collection of cash/in-kind contributions for a resilience fund at village level will be put in place. 84 female teachers will be trained as hygiene promoters for improved and effective hygiene practices among children. Proven models will be installed for systemic uptake of the best practices, with methods validated to support sustainability and expansion beyond the project.

Wider transformative impacts will include: healthier families; improved social/economic status especially for women/girls; increased female participation in local governance and community decision-making.

Building a society in which girls and women have greater opportunities and access involves not only working with girls and women, but also boys and men. This will be done through actively engaging with village organisations, WSCs, elders, religious leaders and community opinion formers (particularly men) to gain support, as well as advocacy efforts to promote behaviour change and raise awareness of the important role they play in supporting and sustaining social change.

This project is sponsored by ECHO and the implementing partner is the Aga Khan development network.