DRC WASH Consortium Program

The DRC WASH Consortium Programme is a harmonised and process-oriented approach to ensure community adoption of safe hygiene and sanitation practices. Increased sustainable coverage of WASH services in rural areas in the DRC this will lead to improved health and productivity indicators. The assumption is that villages will adopt and maintain improved hygiene and sanitation practices following intensive marketing and promotion activities which generate demand for these services and that they will manage these services when programme ends. In order to achieve this each of the partner organizations of the consortium will follow 12 key components which are described below and implement them in each target location: 1) Coordination with existing community leadership structure and community based institutions. 2) Initial promotion and marketing of programme with hygiene and sanitation promotion activities. The demand for programming deriving from this initial contact is the basis for engaging in the community. 3) Rapid Assessment and observation exercise conducted at village level, including an inventory of institutional and household latrines, current water sources, available skills, markets for spare parts and the presence of civil society groups existing at community level. 4) Community action planning including defining user costs and confirming the community’s willingness to maintain resources, defining criteria and conditions for activities, defining ownership of assets and ensuring accountability mechanisms are agreed. 5) Strengthening or establishment of new Water Management Committees 6) Mobilise villages to manage hygiene and sanitation activities in their villages (one Relais Commuautaires per 15 households) 7) Five Community sensitisation contact sessions conducted in villages (disease transmission routes, environmental health, household cleaning, latrine construction, personal hygiene) 8) Five school sensitisation contact sessions conducted (1 school per 5 villages estimated) 9) Three Community sensitisation non-contact sessions to reinforce messages (theatre, radio, television and marking UN international days related to Water and the Environment). 10) Household level hygiene and sanitation promotion conducted by Relais Communautaires. 11) Certification by the Zone de Santé level of villages as Assaini / and by the Ministry of Education at District level following achievement of norms and handover of intervention to villages. 12) Post-certification monitoring conducted at least 6 months following the handover of intervention to villages.

Locations

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo>Katanga

Sectors

  • Health
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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