RICE-WN’s SSH4A program aims to create demand for good sanitation and hygiene for 100% coverage using appropriate approaches that suit the context of a given community based on their study/baseline survey and PESTEL (Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Environmental and Legal) risk analysis. Among others, RICE-WN uses the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach for communities in rural settings with favorable soil conditions, as well as home improvement and hand washing campaigns to create demand for latrines and other sanitary facilities.
Following demand creation activities, RICE-WN strengthens the supply chain through linking communities to Village Savings and Lending Associations (VSLAs) and private sector players who are able to supply construction materials to build sustainable latrines and other sanitary facilities. This is meant to address financial challenges and limited access to construction materials. Some VSLAs in the areas served have been trained to adopt sanitation as a business.
To address the community’s lack of prioritization of proper sanitary practices, RICE-WN employs behavior change communication for adoption of good hygiene practices using different approaches including drama, posters, radio talk shows, and working with various stakeholders such as women’s groups, influential community leaders, religious and opinion leaders, and school health clubs. RICE-WN also works to strengthen WASH governance through regular program review meetings with all stakeholders directly involved in the implementation at sub county level, participating in district level Water Sanitation Coordination Committee meetings to share implementation reports and plans, and advocating for low cost technological options to cater for vulnerable groups such as the disabled and elderly.
+ 100% coverage for sanitary facilities such as latrine, hand washing facility and squat hole cover to ensure total elimination of open defecation.
+ Adoption of personal hygiene practices such as hand washing with soap during critical moments including: before eating, before cooking, before breastfeeding, after cleaning a child and after visiting toilets.
+ Establishing links with suppliers of materials for construction of good quality sanitary facilities and identification of local suppliers within the rural settings.
Rural Initiative for Community Empowerment West Nile (RICE-WN)
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Partners: SNV, District governments, Sub County governments.