MAX-WASH in Chittagong, Bangladesh

Despite installed WASH and health facilities in the past, Chittagong (Bangladesh) still faces high child mortality rates. Main causes of high child mortality in this district are diarrhea related diseases. These diseases are a direct consequence of a lack of awareness on WASH and adequate WASH facilities. Only 41 of 123 water wells in the area function well. And only 514 of 4,974 households in the area have access to these water wells. Furthermore, only twenty percent of households have access to an unhygienic pit latrine. The rest of the population defecates in the open field. Another main cause of high mortality rate in this district is a lack of trained post natal care counselors or other health workers who can deliver care to pregnant women.

Local Partner
Space

Beneficiaries
37,717 people

Duration
3 years (2012-2015)

Activities
Offering information and training in matters of safe water, sanitation, hygiene and safe motherhood. And to supply WASH hardware: water wells and latrines. There is a strong focus on the role of women within WASH programs, since there happens to be an uneven division of WASH activities between men and women. Women have to walk hours to get water at the expense of time they could spend on housekeeping.

Results
Wells: 303
Latrines: 4,460
School Sanitation projects: 12
Post Natal Counselors trained: 94

In Chittagong district, people have better access to safe water and sanitation facilities. Community members are capable of maintaining the hardware (water wells and latrines). Furthermore, hygiene practices are improved and pregnant women get regular visits of post natal care (pnc) counselors. Finally: there is a more balanced division of WASH activities between men and women. Consequently, productive time of women increased.