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.

Key Progress in Project Year III

Growth through Nutrition finalized 54 feasibility studies to decide the source and scope of the construction work to be carried out for specific water schemes.  53 new water schemes were constructed and commissioned, benefitting from the newly constructed and commissioned water schemes.  A total of 23 shallow wells, springs, and were also rehabilitated, rendering safe water supply services for a total of 44,890 people.

The project also provided capacity building training sessions on topics such as business management skills; point-of-use water treatment products and sales skills for point-of-use water treatment products; reaching a total of 382 relevant stakeholders with three WASH products introduced to the market through business partners. In total, 28,042 individuals gained access to basic sanitation through purchase of 5,992 basic sanitation and water treatment products.  

Key Progress in Project Year IV

Growth through Nutrition finalized 43 feasibility studies to decide the source and scope of the construction work to be carried out for specific water schemes.  21 new water schemes and 18 shallow wells were constructed and commissioned, benefitting from the newly constructed and commissioned water schemes.  A total of 23 shallow wells and springs were also rehabilitated, rendering safe water supply services for a total of 12,755 people. In the Habru Woreda, Growth through Nutrition implementing partner World Vision has constructed and handed over a gravity spring capping system, which collects and distributes water to multiple villages.

WASH committees (WASHCOs) play a critical role in ensuring the effective management of water points in the community. In Year IV, the project provided training to 290 WASHCO members, covering fee collection, handling and storage of water, proper utilization and maintenance in addition to 133 women-lead households who received water-use training.

Growth through Nutrition, through its partner Population Services International (PSI) recruited 43 new retailers to participate in the WASH product supply chain. 226 masons were also recruited and trained to construct and maintain slabs. 

The project also provided capacity building training sessions on topics such as business management skills; point-of-use water treatment products and sales skills for point-of-use water treatment products; reaching a total of 382 relevant stakeholders with three WASH products introduced to the market through business partners. In total 28,042 individuals gained access to basic sanitation through purchase of 5,992 basic sanitation and water treatment products.

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Looking Back to Look Forward: Lessons Learned from ENGINE and Growth through Nutrition

The paper below is a summary of key research findings, lessons learned and program/policy recommendations from operation research studies conducted under the Growth through Nutrition and its predecessor ENGINE project. It also highlights some of the ways the project learning, research dissemination and capacity building activities have had a positive outcome of turning “research into action” and summarizes the way forward.

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