Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Providing adequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services is a key public health challenge in today’s world. Access to safe and sufficient water and improved sanitation, as well as maintaining good hygiene, is crucial to human health, well-being, dignity and development. ARDF works to provide these most basic human needs, no matter how challenging the conditions. With hundreds of thousands of deaths each year caused by unsafe drinking water, poor sanitation and insufficient hygiene practices, ARDF prioritizes the prevention of WASH-related diseases as part of our comprehensive approach to health interventions. In doing this we focus on the following key areas:

• providing and improving reliable, safe and clean water access.
• providing and improving sanitation.
• promoting safe hygiene practices.

ARDF implements WASH projects across a range of settings, including communities, IDP, schools and health facilities. We work throughout the disaster cycle, during the initial emergency response, through the recovery phase and into development, responding to natural disasters, disease outbreaks such as cholera and mass population movement as a result of conflict and other complex emergencies. Throughout all of our programs, we actively engage communities and relevant authorities in the development and implementation of sustainable WASH interventions.

WASH Strategies

• Ensure inclusive mechanism for integrated water resource management are in place.
• Increased sustainable access to save and clean water.
• Behavior change for improved sanitation and hygiene practices.
• Explore innovation of improving WASH services.
• Improved Waste management in urban setting.
• Improve Sanitation of the community through CLTS approach.