Problem Addressed

Where MAMADO works, the majority of citizens do not have reliable WASH services, leading women and girls to spend most of their time in searching for water. Water shortages have also led to outbreaks of diseases such as cholera, typhoid, diarrhea, trachoma and skin diseases. The underlying causes of inadequate water supply have been identified as the frequent breakdown of water facilities due to poor water supply scheme management, low willingness to pay for water in the community, and population growth resulting in increased demand for water supply services. MAMADO wants to contribute to reducing the workload for women and girls, including reducing the time spent searching for water, increasing water supply coverage, and creating conducive learning environments in primary schools for adolescent girls.

Innovative Approach

MAMADO’s biggest innovation is how they involve the community and the government. Locals provide the materials and the cost of labor for the hardware installations. The goal of MAMADO is to make their interventions sustainable, and it is their belief that the best way to do this is through community involvement.

The community is responsible for the maintenance of the bathrooms, and MAMADO goes back to the communities for regular check-ups. Their water supply programs work with local government, both the Department of Water and the Department of Health, and hope to use local government as a means to create dialog to change laws. They plan with local government and use a technician from local government for water supply issues.

Program Solution

MAMADO’s projects improve coverage and access of improved sanitation and hygiene facilities to pupils in selected schools of the project area through the combination of hardware and software solutions. Their software component involves awareness creation on the School Wash guidelines (SWASH) for village leaders and school community promotion of sanitation and hygiene education. They also facilitate community development of a participatory action plan.

MAMADO also forms and conducts training of school health clubs and trains primary school girls on menstrual hygiene management. Their hardware component involves the construction of drop holes, hand washing facilities, burning chambers, bathrooms and urinals.

Communities have poor health caused by the lack of potable water supply and sanitation facilities. The program aims to address interrelated and interconnected water supply, sanitation and hygiene problems prevalent in program areas.

MAMADO (Maji naMaendeleo Dodoma)

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Partners: Implementing partners Maji na Maendeleo Dodoma, WaterAid Tanzania, Simavi Netherlands and the local government authorities of Kongwa, Bahi and Chamwino Districts, as well as the Dodoma region central Tanzania.

Location:  Dodoma Region,