Water, sanitation, and hygiene

Activities

 Adolescent girls aged 12-17 review illustrations conveying information on dietary diversity during concept testing for nutrition and hygiene activities included in a training package geared towards OVCs.

SPRING partners with civil society volunteers to test key nutrition counseling concepts among orphans and other vulnerable children.

Teams from the training practice what they learn by making a test video on making peanut butter.

SPRING/Senegal and Digital Green conducted a training on the production and dissemination of community video to promote high impact nutrition and WASH behaviors.

Photo of women meeting together outside

SPRING/Mali trained 375 health staff in 20 villages in Mopti in ENA/EHA and formed 200 ENA/EHA support groups in the communities they serve

A community worker trains a group of people

By teaching about handwashing through water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) actions, SPRING/Mali helps contribute toward reducing rates of infection and ultimately, malnutrition.

A community activist meets with a group of people

SPRING is working at the community level to encourage social and behavior change around nutrition and hygiene, targeting 1,000 day households through various communication channels.

SPRING staff conducts a defecation mapping exercise as part of the CLTS triggering process in a village in Koro in September 2015

SPRING/Mali has partnered with the local government’s office of sanitation to promote community-led total sanitation in 26 villages in the Mopti Region.

Keywords: Water, sanitation, and hygiene
Location: Mali
The SPRING/Ghana 1,000 Day Household Approach

In Ghana, the SPRING 1,000 day household approach targets nutrition improvements to pregnant women and children 2 years of age and younger, paving a clear impact pathway for each activity.

Woman, man, and baby stand outside a hut with a tippy tap

Much of SPRING/Ghana’s work surrounds the WASH 1,000 approach, which promotes four key behaviors related to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activities during the first 1,000 days, and...

News

U.S. Congressional Delegation Visits SPRING/Senegal

Congressional staffers learn how partnerships are strengthening agriculture and improving nutrition.

A panel at the Policies against Hunger XII Conference

SPRING/Bangladesh shares its experience on Farmer Nutrition Schools in the Policies against Hunger XII Conference in Berlin, Germany

Two men and a woman look at informational literature

Program reaches 5,500 farmers with diverse nutrition-sensitive and -specific interventions in agriculture, health and water.

SPRING's table at the Safollo Gatha

The Safollo Gatha—a SBCC best practices in health, population, and nutrition programs event—was held March 27 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Mali CLTS brochure

SPRING held two community-led total sanitation celebrations in Mali, completing the CLTS process within five months.

Group of people around a latrine

Through its WASH activities, SPRING is building awareness of how nutrition and hygiene are connected

Galleries

The string also connects to a foot controlled stick on the ground, which allows the jug to tip over to release a stream of water.

These pictures depict the construction and use of a tippy tap during a village training.

Posters

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Malnutrition during the first 1,000 days from pregnancy through a child’s second birthday often causes growth impairment that leads to stunting. Safe drinking water, sanitation facilities,...

Events

Two women sitting on a rug reading a pamphlet

SPRING, USAID's Bureau for Food Security, and Bureau for Global Health hosted the Multi-sectoral Nutrition Strategy Global Learning & Evidence Exchange (MSN-GLEE), Asia from June 21 to...

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SPRING, USAID's Bureau for Food Security, and Bureau for Global Health hosted the Multi-sectoral Nutrition Strategy Global Learning & Evidence Exchange (MSN-GLEE), West Africa from...

Success Stories

A Family Welfare Visitor uses mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) tape to regularly screen the growth of children in her area.

SPRING recently interviewed Moshammat Dilruba, an FWV from Betagi upazila in Barisal division who has received support from SPRING over the past two years. Dilruba explains that the...

In Durgapur village, a farmer nutrition school graduate and her son tend to the chickens that produce important nutrients for their family.

SPRING has been supporting Durgapur’s FNS since 2012 to improve nutrition and hygiene for pregnant and lactating women and women with children under two through improved access to a more...

A latrine constructed in a community in the Upper East region of Ghana after SPRING/Ghana’s WASH intervention.

Today almost all of the houses in Piyaligo community have latrines and many also boast tippy taps. Naaba said a stigma is now associated with open defecation and that the community is aware...

Reports

Three women tending their crops

SPRING/Mali officially launched in December 2014 with the support of our lead implementing partner, Helen Keller International (HKI). USAID/Mali tasked us with improving the nutritional...

Woman and child washing hands using a Tippy Tap.

In June 2014, SPRING/Bangladesh conducted a tippy tap and handwashing study in 120 households in the Khulna and Barisal divisions of Bangladesh. Our primary objective with this study was to...

Woman selling produce at market

To combat undernutrition in the Kyrgyz Republic, SPRING is implementing a comprehensive, multisectoral program to influence 11 nutrition-related behaviors that are linked to stunting and...

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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.