More than 1 billion people worldwide suffer from one or more painful, debilitating tropical diseases that disproportionately impact poor and rural populations, cause severe sickness and disability, compromise mental and physical development, contribute to childhood malnutrition, reduce school enrollment, and hinder economic productivity. Three of these diseases are directly linked to water, sanitation, and hygiene practices.
WASHplus designed and implemented a model integrated WASH-NTD program that was tested as a small pilot effort in Burkina Faso from 2015–2016. The objectives in Burkina Faso were to:
1. Promote coordination within government among sectors related to WASH-NTD integration
2. Develop a comprehensive implementation activity in several villages in one district
3. Share experience and lessons learned with other partners who may be able to advance or further develop this activity
4. Provide a toolkit for Burkina Faso and global partners to use
This toolkit is the result of the WASHplus project in Burkina Faso and has the following components.
- WASH-NTDs Presentations
- Guide for Engaging Participants
- Counseling Cards
- Card 1, Card 2, Card 3 Card 4, Card 5, Card 6, Card 7, Card 8, Card 9, Card 10, Card 11, Card 12, Card 13, Card 14, Card 15, Card 16, Card 17, Card 18, Card 19, Card 20, Card 21, Card 22, Card 23, Card 24, Card 25, Card 26, Card 27
- Carte 1, Carte 2, Carte 3, Carte 4, Carte 5, Carte 6, Carte 7, Carte 8, Carte 9, Carte 10, Carte 11, Carte 12, Carte 13, Carte 14, Carte 15, Carte 16, Carte 17, Carte 18, Carte 19, Carte 20, Carte 21, Carte 22, Carte 23, Carte 24, Carte 25, Carte 26, Carte 27
- Card 1, Card 2, Card 3, Card 4, Card 5, Card 6, Card 7, Card 8, Card 9, Card 10, Card 11, Card 12, Card 13, Card 14, Card 15, Card 16, Card 17, Card 18, Card 19, Card 20, Card 21, Card 22, Card 23, Card 24, Card 25, Card 26, Card 27
- Radio Scripts
- Baseline Indicators (WASH-NTD_Indicators)
- Baseline Questionnaire
More than 1 billion people worldwide suffer from one or more painful, debilitating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). These diseases disproportionately impact poor and rural populations, causing severe sickness and disability, compromising mental and physical development, contributing to childhood malnutrition, reducing school enrollment, and hindering economic productivity. Soil-transmitted helminths (STH), including round worm, whip worm, and hook worm, as well as schistosomiasis (bilharzia) and trachoma, are all clearly linked to inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene, indicating a need for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions to battle these NTDs. Although mass drug administration is key to reducing NTDs, reinfection will remain a problem if WASH behaviors are not addressed.
WASHplus is documenting the links between WASH and NTDs and exploring ways to integrate WASH into NTD programs. WASHplus has conducted a global desk review that highlights integration in eight countries. The team assessed the possibilities for integrating WASH into NTDs in two countries: Bangladesh and Burkina Faso, and ultimately chose the latter in which to implement a pilot program. WASHplus is piloting an integration program for WASH and NTD interventions in Burkina Faso, designed to develop an integrated WASH–NTD model that can be scaled up in-country and replicated elsewhere (Click here to learn more about the Burkisa Faso WASH-NTD pilot intervention).
Globally, WASHplus is collaborating with organizations already engaged in WASH–NTD integration such as the International Coalition for Trachoma Control and the SHARE consortium, which are developing tools and indicators to facilitate WASH–NTDs integration.
Want to learn more about WASHplus’s NTD work? Visit the WASHplus project website.
For more information on what WASHplus is doing regarding integration of WASH and NTD programming, contact Renuka Bery (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ron Clemmer (email@example.com).