The COVID pivot: WaSH

This year, the WaSH Project is focusing on two project streams: the Last 100m project (L100M) and the school WaSH project (SWaSH). L100M is a new project stream for this year in collaboration with researchers from Lancaster University. This project aims to investigate the effect of faecal contamination on waterborne diseases and explore hard (technical) and soft (community-based) inventions to reduce risk of water contamination. The project will be based in the Vingunguti district, building upon the relationships and partnerships developed by previous WaSH teams. The aim for this summer is to produce a research proposal that future teams can use as a foundation for the implementation phase next summer.

This year, SWaSH is focusing on three areas, namely constructing handwashing facilities (which may extend to solid waste disposal facilities), organising handwashing workshops and providing soap to 4 primary schools in the Vingunguti district.

Current work is underway to conduct a needs assessment of the 4 schools, which would start this coming Monday. We have also reached out to SAWA Tanzania to partner with us for this project. To ensure the project remains sustainable and operations and maintenance is conducted effectively, we plan to set up SWaSH Clubs at the 4 schools. We are also collaborating with the Entrepreneurship and Health Projects to coordinate the soap provision/soap-making initiative.

By Sophie Parsons WaSH Project Director 2019/20

Sophie is a 4th year engineering student at Jesus College.

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