Impact Assessment of Sanitation and Hygiene Project in Zambia Scale Up Program (WASH)

Project Description

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Health Observatory, improvements in drinking water, sanitation, hygiene, and water resource management could result in the reduction of almost 10% of the total burden of disease worldwide. Among the many health challenges resulting from poor water, sanitation and hygiene, diarrhea is the most common. According to the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), globally there are about 4 billion cases of diarrhea per year, causing about 1.8 million deaths, including >90% (1.6 million) among children under five. Diarrhea is among the top causes of morbidity and mortality in children in Zambia.

The CGHD and UNICEF are partnering to address the issue of child diarrhea in Zambia through the WASH project.  The CGHD will design and conduct an impact evaluation of Zambia’s scale up Sanitation and Hygiene project. The main outcomes will include prevalence of diarrheal diseases among children aged under five years, households that use improved sanitation facilities, households that  wash hands with water and soap/ash at critical times and households that live in open defecation free (ODF) verified villages.

Project Details

Principal Investigator Davidson Hamer
Boston University Co-Investigators Kojo Yeboah-Antwi, Godfrey Biemba, William MacLeod
Collaborators Zambia Center for Applied Health Research  and Development (ZCAHRD)
Country(ies) Zambia
Dates of Research 2012-2015
Donor/Funder UNICEF_logo_web_150