Water, sanitation, and hygiene

Success Stories

A man stands outside a round latrine structure with a thatched roof.

Residents of the Toroyili community of Ghana’s Tolon District now regularly practice the good hygiene they need for better nutrition and health. But that wasn’t always the case.

Officer Faridul Islam washes his hands with a tippy tap.

Officer Faridual Islam learned about the FNS practice of using tippy taps while on patrol near a FNS.

Union Facilitator Oloka Biswas speaks to a farmer nutrition school graduate and her family members.

Not many people can say they have a “Nutrition Sister” and a “Nutrition Brother.” In Bangladesh, participants in the farmer nutrition schools (FNS) implemented by SPRING, came to look...

Community activist Nazira Subankulova with the fresh produce she sells. After SPRING’s nutrition trainings, it is now in high demand.

As a volunteer, Nazira spends several hours a week visiting neighbors and hosting meetings to talk about nutrition based on what she learned from SPRING.

Faustina Kiisi, a community health nurse at Tolon Health Center, reaches out to her colleagues on WhatsApp.

With WhatsApp, nurses and other health workers can turn to colleagues for assistance at any time.

Galleries

An overhead view of hundreds of event participants.

In April 2017, SPRING/Kyrgyz Republic and the Kyrgyz tele-radio company, Tumar, organized seven free concerts in seven townships—Jalalabad, Tash-Kumyr, Kara-Kul, Kochkor-Ata, Mailuu-Suu,...

Former Minister and Current Member of Parliament Dr. Mojammel Hossain using a tippy tap

In October 2016, SPRING/Bangladesh celebrated Global Handwashing Day with over 100 community activities.

Children aged 6-11 play a game voting with their feet whether snacks are healthy or unhealthy during concept testing for nutrition and hygiene activities included in a training package geared towards OVCs.

Having trained more than 2,400 people on IYCF with SPRING support, our partners wanted to reach beyond the first 1,000 days from conception to age 2 to address the nutritional needs of...

News

tippy tap demonstration

A local radio station attended a SPRING handwashing event in Thiokomaty village to capture messages for further radio promotion of good hygiene behaviors.

Students wash their hands at tippy taps

In October 2016, SPRING/Bangladesh celebrated Global Handwashing Day with over 100 community activities.

Videos

Videographers film a woman and her child

Cette vidéo présente le processus et l’impact de l’approche de la vidéo communautaire pour la nutrition au Niger et au Burkina Faso.

Videographers film a woman and her child

This video shares the process and impact of SPRING’s community video approach for nutrition in Niger and Burkina Faso.

Hassya and her son eating

Hassya Ibrahim, a woman from Naki Karfi village in Niger’s Maradi Region, has been attending SPRING community video disseminations for 12 months.  In this video she shares how the video...

Four women making a hajol for chicken rearing.

This short video is a brief overview of the work that SPRING has been doing in Bangladesh since the project began in 2012.

Woman leading a Farmer Nutrition School in Bangladesh

SPRING pioneered the community-based farmer nutrition schools (FNS) approach to promote the production of nutrient-dense vegetables, fruits, and animal source foods at the household level...

Scene from video where students raise their hands to pledge to build handwashing stations at home

This short video features a group of adolescent students pledging to build handwashing stations in their households. Video taken at Kodaldhoya Government Primary School, Agailjhara upazila...

Journal Articles

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SPRING/Sierra Leone conducted trials of improved practices (TIPs) with 24 households in Tonkolili District to test nutrition-sensitive WASH behaviours and selected complementary feeding...

Activities

Members of a hygiene monitoring unit in Keur Socé, in Kaolack Department work on their action-plan to for how they will monitor hygiene in their communities.

SPRING works with local partners in agriculture and health to promote the uptake of improved hygiene practices such as regular hand-washing, the use of tippy-taps, and general household...

A father feeds his daughter mashed mango.

SPRING recently used the Trials of Improved Practices (TIPs) methodology to select improved WASH and nutrition behaviors in consultation with household members in Tonkolili, Sierra Leone.

Training Materials

Illustration of a boy growing up

The Nutrition and Hygiene for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Nigeria training package was designed to provide basic technical knowledge on nutrition and hygiene needs beyond the first 1...

Photo of three people cooking in pots

As part of our work building local partners’ capacity to implement infant and young child feeding interventions, SPRING put together a food demonstration training package (adapted from...

Posters

Developing Effective Messages for Better Nutrition and Hygiene in Tonkolili: The TIPs Method

In May of 2016, SPRING/Sierra Leone conducted TIPs research with 24 selected households in two chiefdoms in the Tonkolili District.

Reports

Woman spoon feeding a baby.

In November 2012, SPRING and Digital Green completed a qualitative study in purposely selected villages in Keonjhar district to identify current social and cultural determinants, practices...

Mahmud Hambali from Digital Green shows the process of storyboarding (with Save the Children SBCC advisor, Aboubacar Sale)

With this pilot project in the Maradi region of Niger, SPRING and DG evaluated whether the community video approach that was successful in India is feasible and acceptable in the resilience...

Group of women sitting outside

In 2013, the USAID Global Health Bureau asked the SPRING project to collaborate with the Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel–Enhanced Resilience (REGIS-ER) project,in providing...

Children standing in a line on the sand

Following a successful collaboration in India,SPRING and Digital Green (DG) have built partnerships with community groups in Niger and introduced an innovative community media approach to...

Job Aids and Tools

Image of the poster, which features a drawing of a breastfeeding mother

SPRING/Kyrgyz Republic developed a series of posters for use in health facilities. These four posters, produced in both Kyrgyz and Russian, are dedicated to nutrition and care of infants...

Poster image demonstrating toilet maintenance best practices

These handwashing and clean toilets leaflets were designed by SPRING in coordination with the Republican Health Promotion Center under the Kyrgyz Republic's Ministry of Healthcare.

Pages

Resource Review Summaries

The WASHplus project supports healthy households and communities by creating and delivering interventions that lead to significant improvements in access, practices, and health outcomes...

SNV’s ENUFF project in Lao PDR integrates activities in gender, agriculture, nutrition, and WASH to improve the nutritional status of families in the country's northern region. The project'...

This technical brief provides an overview of community SBCC and triggering on positive nutrition and hygiene behaviours. It summarises some key insights and findings from Sustainable...

This journal article investigates the extent of children’s exposure to animal feces and whether this exposure is associated with child anthropometry. Using diverse, large samples of data...

This study assessed the role of sanitation on nutrition outcomes and anemia status in pregnant Cambodian women. The authors found that women who used an ‘improved’ sanitation facility had...

On January 30, 2016, Peru’s Ministry of Health came together with the Ministry of Education for an event on anemia prevention. The event targeted mothers who coordinate communal kitchens in...

A growing body of evidence shows strong connections between poor sanitation and stunting, and provides a basis for this paper’s focus on achieving better nutrition outcomes from both the...

In 2011, one in every four children under 5 years of age worldwide was stunted. The realization that most stunting cannot be explained by poor diet or by diarrhea, nor completely reversed...

Given the range of drivers of nutrition—spanning multiple sectors of agriculture, social protection, health, WASH, and education—tackling undernutrition demands a multisectoral response....

This photo essay explores livelihoods in Bangladesh in detail, focusing on a woman farmer who learned how to improve sanitation in her community through a community video program. With...

The Sanitation Hygiene Infant Nutrition Efficacy (SHINE) trial centers around the premise that environmental enteric dysfunction (EED) is a main underlying cause of child stunting and...

There is emerging evidence to suggest that safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) practices play an imperative role in improving nutrition outcomes, including the treatment and...

Approaches combining WASH and nutrition interventions are necessary to improve population’s nutritional status. This webinar focused on connecting WASH and nutrition approaches when...

This paper aims to connect the dots and review the literature available on the linkages between irrigation and food security, improved nutrition, and health. Based on the limited evidence...

Garden kits that pay specific attention to small-scale irrigation might hold the key to stronger food security for smallholder farmers. A new study recommends an approach to building better...

The role of nutrition-sensitive interventions in achieving global nutrition targets has been made abundantly clear. WASH is a cross-cutting area with a significant impact. This report...

This randomized control trial examined the effectiveness of a rural sanitation intervention to prevent diarrhea, soil-transmitted helminth infection, and child malnutrition in India....

The September WASHplus community update focuses on linkages between WASH and nutrition. This edition includes links to a research article on child undernutrition and the gut microbiome, a...

Working to update their previous IFPRI work, “Explaining Child Malnutrition in Developing Countries” (2000), Lisa Smith and Lawrence Haddad draw on data from 1970-2012 across 116 countries...

This update from the WASHplus community includes a special emphasis on the intersection between WASH and nutrition. Relevant webinars and reports from USAID, FHI360, JSI, Wash Advocates,...

This webinar included a presentation focused on addressing environmental enteropathy in CARE's Nutrition at the Center Program and new evidence linking WASH, nutrition and early child...

The February 2014 edition of the WASH/Nutrition Literature Update included a wide range of articles, including a study that examines the relationship between WASH, environmental enteropathy...

The January 2014 edition of the WASH/Nutrition Literature Update included a wide range of articles, including several studies that examined WASH and food safety.