Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene for All (SSH4A)

SNV in Bhutan

Project Description

SNV Bhutan's Sustainable Sanitation & Hygiene for All (SSH4A) project has accelerated area wide progress in sanitation and hygiene by strengthening the professional and organisational capacity of government, private sector and stakeholders to develop a sustainable service delivery model at scale in Bhutan.   Technical support, nationally to the two lead government agencies and with 10 districts has supported the further development and scaling up of the national Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Programme to reach half of the country.

The programme is based on the SSH4A approach which integrates sanitation demand creation, supply chain development, behaviour change communication and governance. Combined with the knowledge and learning processes,  formative research on disability, gender and poverty and the technical support of IRC as a knowledge partner, it has strengthened the enabling environment contributing to the development of the national sanitation and hygiene policy, rural sanitation and hygiene programme strategy, guidelines and tools in the process. 

As a result, 107,734 additional people are now using an improved sanitation facility (JMP definition*) against the project target of 85,000 people,32,716 additional people have household access to hand washing facilities and 39 communities (sub-district blocks) achieved Open Defecation Free status as part of the national approach. 

Project Location

Bhutan is a landlocked eastern Himalayan country in South-Asia. The project reached half of the countries 20 districts through the national rural and sanitation and hygiene programme. It supported the MoH in scaling in 6 districts (Mongar, Samdrupjongkhar, Wangdue, Trongsa, Trashiyangtse and Tsirang), provided targeted post ODF support to 2 ongoing districts (Lhuentse, Pemagtshel) and expanded the programme further to the 2 largest districts of Samtse and Trashigang. These districts ranged from the southern plains bordering India to the high altitude of Himalayan mountains and were prioritised by the government in terms of poverty levels, low sanitation coverage and a demonstrated commitment to the programme.

Project Posters

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

Click here for SNV's project poster presented at the 2016 South Asia Learning and Reflection Event

Project specifics

Location Duration (MM/YY) Working with Key approach Website
Location South and West Asia: Bhutan Duration 01-05-2014 to 01-06-2018 Working with Public Health Engineering Division, Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health Key approach Strengthening the capacity of local governments, private sector actors and other local stakeholders for more efficient and effective service delivery in rural sanitation and hygiene to achieve full coverage in their area Website