CDI 2 - WASH Program (Community-based Development Initiative - Water and Sanitation Hygiene Promotion)

Australian Red Cross (ARC) in Bangladesh

Project Description

The project improved the health of families and their communities of students from 29 schools in Bangladesh. Building on past successes in enhancing community resilience this project supported vulnerable individuals, schools and communities in targeted areas to address their WASH related needs. WASH activities were developed to address localised issues relating to latrine construction, water supply provision and water resources management. Approaches included sanitation marketing, hygiene promotion including participatory and child hygiene and sanitation training for communities and schools, regular follow-up including household visits and promotion of local technologies for providing safe water. The project worked closely with key government departments, as well as public schools, madrasahs, student and community leaders and commercial and financial service providers.

Project Location

This project was implemented in the districts of Rangpur and Gopalgonj. Rangpur is a northern district lying on the bank of the Ghagat River. Its climate is marked with monsoons, high temperatures, considerable humidity and heavy rainfall. Gopalgonj is under the Dhaka division, an agricultural area located southwest of the capital. At the start of the project many households used unimproved latrines and accessed water supply with elevated arsenic and women had very low visibility and rarely engaged in community activities or decision making.


Project Posters

Download the Australian Red Cross' project poster presented at the Fund Learning and Reflection Event (FLARE) in August 2017 here.

Click here for Australian Red Cross' project poster presented at the 2016 South Asia Regional Learning Event.

Project specifics

Location Duration (MM/YY) Working with Key approach Website
Location South and West Asia: Bangladesh Duration 01-05-2014 to 01-06-2018 Working with Red Cross and Red Crescent Society Partners, NGO partners and National, District and Local Government Key approach Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA), Integrated approach, result based programme. Human Centred Design (HCD) approach and Sanitation Marketing Website