MAX-WASH in Bhola, Bangladesh

In the Tajumuddina community – Bhola District (Bangladesh) – 81,000 people live below poverty level. More than 57 percent of the population has no access to hygienic sanitary facilities. And only 42 percent of the population has access to safe water. Child mortality in Bhola is fifty children per thousand live births. Most of these deaths are the result of diarrhea related diseases. Women and girls have problems with bathing and menstruation care due to a lack of privacy and adequate facilities. They also face a lack of trained midwifes (post natal care counselors) or other trained health workers. As a consequence, most women endure critical moments during labor. Together with DAM, Max Foundation strives for better hygiene practices and a hundred percent sanitation and safe water in Tajumuddina.

Local partner
Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM)

Beneficiaries
47,000 people

Duration
3 years (2012-2015)

Activities
Installation of water and sanitation hardware and supporting women groups to improve awareness and access to primary health within the communities.

Results
Wells: 193
Latrines: 2,740 (of which 1,740 repaired latrines)
PoBirth Counselors trained: 35

Within the communities the women take care of the planning, implementation and management of WASH programs. Some examples: women break the habit of public defecation and promote safe hygiene during menstruation. Furthermore, community members have access to water wells, adequate sanitary and bathing facilities.