Strengthening Community-based WASH Governance

Save the Children in Myanmar

Project Description

Initiated in 2014, the project covered 40 villages in eleven tracts within the Kani Township, in the Sagaing Region in Myanmar.

The project followed a tract-wide approach wherein all villages in the selected tracts were provided >90% access to improved water supply and sanitation. Communities were supported with essential financial and technical resources and village health committees (VHCs) were trained to build, operate, maintain and sustain appropriate water distribution systems, sanitation facilities and hygiene promotion activities. The project coordinated its activities with ongoing government initiatives and contributed to the formulation of water by-laws for the township which are being considered for wider adoption.

Some of the best practices followed during project implementation drew from both international and local experiences.

The impact of the project has been significant. In all, 27,897 people from 5,470 households in 40 villages and 11 village tracts of the Kani township were benefited. Tube-wells, pumps, engines, storage tanks and piped and metered water supply was provided to over 90% households in forty villages and also to nine schools and six village health centres. 39 of these villages were provided roof coverings to 47 water tanks, the 40th village had built a roofing structure from its own resources.

Project Location

The project was implemented in 40 rural villages in Kani Township (27,897 people from 5,470 households) in the Sagaing Region in Myanmar.

  • Population - 144,738
  • 45 village tracts
  • 187 villages
  • Kani residents rely on daily labour or farming small plots of land for income
  • Water from the Chindwin river is accessed for domestic and drinking purposes
  • Region has limited access to health services including safe water and sanitation facilities - mainly due to its size, geographical location and poor roads
  • Villages along the river suffer from flooding in rainy season

The project prioritized the villages along the Chindwin river.   

Project Posters

Download the Save the Children project poster presented at the Fund Learning and Reflection Event (FLARE) in August 2017 here.

Click here for Save the Children's project poster presented at the 2015 East Asia Regional Learning Event. 

Project specifics

Location Duration (MM/YY) Working with Key approach Website
Location East Asia: Myanmar Duration 01-05-2014 to 01-06-2018 Working with Township Health Committee Key approach Working through township and community level health governance structures. Website http://www.savethechildren.org.au/