Water, sanitation, and hygiene

Success Stories

Gmangun Charles shows off his household’s new latrine in the Kubone community in Ghana’s northern region.

In February 2015, SPRING began working with the citizens of Kubone to establish community-led total sanitation (CLTS), an approach that helps rural communities understand the dangers of...

Woman holding and feeding her toddler

Determined to provide better nutrition and care for her baby, Dolly decided to enroll in a Farmer Nutrition School (FNS) in Bahadurpur in October 2013. Funded by USAID and implemented...

Videos

Screen capture of woman washing hands

Bangladeshi television channel Desh TV airs a public health show called ‘Jiboner Golpo’ (Life’s Story) in partnership with USAID and Voice of America.

Men support handwashing in Maradi

Sahoura asks her neighbor, Mariama, why her children are less healthy than Mariama’s, even though Sahoura practices the 1000 days behaviors.

woman demonstrating handwashing

This video is about benefits of hand washing with soap.

News

Ms. Tonima Sharmin discussing the current state of handwashing in Bangladesh

SPRING/Bangladesh makes media appearances on local radio and television shows to talk about handwashing.

Children showing off their coloring for World Handwashing Day

SPRING joined the Government of Bangladesh, USAID, and other partners on the ground to mark Global Handwashing Day.

Young boy washing his hands with a tippy tap

SPRING/Bangladesh and Sisimpur produced a live action segment on tippy taps to teach young children proper hand hygiene.

Manisha Tharaney presenting SPRING's research on maternal and child anemia in Uganda

On Friday, October 18, 2013, the USAID-led Multisectoral Anemia Task Force Secretariat hosted a Multisectoral Anemia Partners Meeting at FHI360 in Washington, DC.

Galleries

Three children demonstrating a tippy tap

SPRING joined the Government of Bangladesh, USAID, and other partners on the ground to mark Global Handwashing Day.

Boy washing hands with a tippy tap

Sisimpur has collaborated with SPRING/Bangladesh to prepare a live action segment on tippy taps with adolescent children as protagonists to promote hand washing.

Demonstration session at Jagodal Union Parishad

SPRING/Bangladesh is committed to advocating the importance of handwashing. As a central component of its work, SPRING works hand in hand with the Government of Bangladesh and with rural...

Activities

Video dissemination group training

Since 2012, SPRING has been collaborating with its US- and India-based partner, Digital Green, in adapting their "human-mediated digital learning approach" for the promotion of key maternal...

girl demonstrating use of tippy tap

SPRING is the first nutrition project to scale up tippy taps to rural communities in Bangladesh and is currently assessing the uptake of these practices and their likelihood to improve...

Technical Areas

Throughout its global programming, SPRING is harnessing the power of innovative community media to improve maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN) and hygiene practices.

Job Aids and Tools

Mother feeding her child

SPRING developed and produced a Kyrgyz-language booklet for mothers entitled “Nutrition & Development of Children Under Two Years of Age,” in coordination with the government of the...

Case Studies

four people recording for a radio spot

Development Media International (DMI) implemented a cluster randomized controlled trial (RCT) in Burkina Faso to measure the impact of mass media on child mortality.

people learning from a teacher

Between 2005 and 2010, Food for the Hungry (FH) applied the Care Group (CG) model in Sofala, Mozambique, with the aim of reaching more than 1 million pregnant women and women with children...

Reports

Photo of a man drinking water. Copyright 2001 Erberto Zani, Courtesy of Photoshare

With emerging evidence suggesting that stunting cannot be addressed without also focusing on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), SPRING wanted to better understand current WASH and water...

Posters

Positive Unintended Consequences in Programs for Women’s and Child Nutrition in Bangladesh: Scaling Up Tippy Taps

Current knowledge suggests that including Essential Hygiene Actions in nutrition interventions has potential to contribute to better nutrition outcomes.

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.