IR4. Improving Access to WASH Products and Services

The project will work with the government of Ethiopia to increase water access by developing and/or rehabilitating 860 water points across project areas and stimulating the private sector to increase the supply of quality, affordable WASH products. Improved WASH products are to be available in communities, with an emphasis on improved sanitation services including latrine slabs.

Specific components of IR4 include:

  • Increasing access to a sustainable drinking water supply
  • Increasing access to sanitation and hygiene products

Key Progress in Project Year II

The overall project WASH strategy was updated in this reporting period, and a more robust staffing structure put in place to improve performance of both hardware and marketing components of the project.

Growth through Nutrition completed construction and rehabilitation of 107 water schemes of which 89 (61 new and 28 rehabilitated) were commissioned to the community, ensuring access to clean water for 34,194 community members. To support effective management of the developed water points, Growth through Nutrition in collaboration with woreda water and health offices, organized and trained 159 WASH Committees (WASHCOs).

A total of 511 WASH business partners (sales agents, masons, and business owners) were trained on sales skills, concrete slab casting, basic business skill and point of use water treatment utilization and waste disposal. The business partners sold 1138 slabs providing access to improved sanitation to 5,613 individuals. The sale was low because of the significant delay to finalize the development and production of WASH marketing strategy and materials, and lack of availability of new sanitation products in the supply chain. A new plastic product, SatoPan, was introduced to the supply chain in March. Other new products were not introduced as planned as the USAID Transform WASH project was delayed in importation.



Implications of COVID-19 on Nutrition: Lessons Learned from COVID-19, Practical and Innovative Approaches (Webinar)

The novel Coronavirus is imposing unprecedented health, nutrition, social, and economic risks to the global population. Although the number of COVID-19 cases is still rather low as compared to many other countries,  Ethiopia is also being affected with spread of the virus sharply increasing. If this spread continues, it has the potential to reverse some of the nutritional gains that the country has achieved in the last few years.

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