Max-WASH in Urban Slums

We adapted our signature Max-WASH approach to tackle child health (water- and faecal-borne disease and stunting) in 22 urban settlements in Kurigram Municipality, Bangladesh through improving safe sanitation access, piped water, and maternal and child health care.

Max WASH Urban Slums targets vulnerable slum dwellers, including migrant families, pregnant and lactating women, children and adolescent girls. The goal of Max-WASH Urban Slums is to create a replicable urban WASH model that will sustain programme impact long after the implementation period is over.

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Extreme flooding in 2017 was a major blow to families in the affected areas, including Kurigram Municipality. Many of our beneficiaries lost their latrines and handwashing devices or saw them severely damaged. Not only did the flooding impact our beneficiaries’ livelihoods, it also led to delays in our project delivery. Despite these setbacks, we are positive about the progress we have made and still expect to reach our project targets by the end of June 2018.

Thousands of people now have access to safe water—and 1,178 people now have clean water piped straight to their homes! 

Thanks to the installation and repair of deep tube wells, water is now in greater supply and easier to test for safety. Almost 10,000 people are covered by a water safety plan, and in 2017 we reached 87 per cent of our target for people with access to an improved or hygienic latrine. Our awareness-raising efforts on safe motherhood and child health are showing results too. Sixty-nine children moved into the normal growth range in 2017, and 94 per cent of new mothers now have access to post-natal care services, which is 3.5 times the baseline. These are fantastic results, and we owe them to the success of the trained community health workers and promoters.

More about flooding in Bangladesh

Floods affect Bangladesh every year; however, in August 2017, the flooding was particularly severe. It has been called the worst flooding in more than a decade and left more than one-third of the country under water. More than one thousand lives were lost, and 24 million people were affected. Some of Max Foundation’s project areas in Bangladesh and Nepal were hit by the flooding. Although we are not a humanitarian response organisation, we did our best to support our local partners serving affected communities by speeding up or postponing programme activities to support post-disaster response. We would like to thank our loyal donors who reached out to us to provide extra funds for recovery. With their support, we restored access to sanitation and safe water to over 17,000 people by repairing or replacing our 2,300 damaged latrines, handwashing devices and tube wells.