MAX-WASH in Kurigram, Bangladesh

Recently, the government of Bangladesh has given a lot of importance to the improvement of WASH and health facilities in rural areas. However: urban areas still lack adequate WASH and HEALTH facilities as well – particularly hygienic latrines and piped water supply. Kurigram is one the secondary towns which have seen less government investments in water supply, sanitation and health. Only sixteen percent of the households are connected to piped water supply. Water from the existing tube wells contains too much iron and many users suffer from water related diseases. Furthermore, 7,459 of 17,164 households do not have a toilet. This causes – particularly during rainy season – unhygienic living conditions. Also, there is a lack of health centers and trained midwifes in the area. Private clinics are not affordable to the poor and marginalized population. In this project Max Foundation collaborates with the private sector as well as the local government of Kurigram to improve better access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

Local partner
Eco Social Development Organization (ESDO)

Beneficiaries
31,465 people

Duration
3 years (2015-2017)

Activities
Supplying latrines and piped water to the community through local entrepreneurs. The training of community members on the maintenance of WASH facilities. Training is given on installation and management of water pipes, safe water, hygiene practices. Furthermore, schools are supplied by hygiene education, post natal care counselors are trained and courtyard meetings are organized on safe motherhood and malnutrition of children. Finally – in cooperation with local entrepreneurs – health centers are installed.

Planned results

Water
Community members have access to safe water at an affordable price and are more aware of, and have more knowledge on, water related diseases.

Sanitation
Part of the households has built a latrine. A large proportion of community members are aware of diseases related to unhygienic use of latrines and of the importance of hygiene practices.

Hygiene
Half of women in Kurigram have access to medical assistance and complications during pregnancy are reduced by fifty percent. Furthermore, 12 schools have better WASH facilities for boys and girls. And a large proportion of community members are aware of the importance of hygiene practices.