Overview

DRC is the most “water rich” country in Africa yet, in rural locations where ASSP works, only 32% of the population is able to access potable water and 17% benefit from suitable water and sanitation devices (EDS, 2013). The lack of adequate available water and sanitation creates a ripple of impacts on the population. Most seriously, water-borne diarrheal diseases drive alarming rates of child mortality, causing an estimated 17% of all child deaths.

IMA aligned with the DRC National Framework of Clean Schools and Villages Program (CSVP) and is committed to sustainably promote better hygiene, sanitation practices, and increase clean drinking water availability in assisted communities. IMA is promoting a mixed approach that involves water and sanitation interventions. This is a community-driven approach and seeks community empowerment and develops capacity in community self-evaluation for development activities.

Our Approach

ASSP has increased access and use of potable water and hygienic sanitation by constructing water infrastructure such as community rainwater collection cisterns at health centers, new protected water points, wells with solar water pumps, and distributing toilet tiles for latrine construction to improve access to sanitary elimination.

Key Achievements

  • 368,124 people have been provided with access to safe drinking water sources
  • 298,121 people were provided with access to adequate sanitation
  • ASSP supports healthy school programs in 28 health zones. In the past year certified schools increased from 16 to 41. As part of this process toilets and 12,000 liter water cistern have been built to provide water and sanitation for over 20, 000 students. A community water filter has also been provided to each school
  • In an effort to improve hygienic conditions in health centers, ASSP launched its Centre de Santé Assaini, or Sanitary Health Center program. To date 1,470 structures have been constructed at assisted health centers, providing the means to keep these centers safe and clean.

ASSP WASH: Inspiring villages to take health into their own hands

Clean Village Program

ASSP’s WASH program implemented a certification process for communities to improve sanitation and hygiene in their villages. In order for a village to be certified “sanitary”, they must have a dynamic and existing village committee, 80% of the population must have access to drinking water, hygienic latrines, and proper methods of garbage disposal, 60% of the population must wash their hands with soap before eating and after being in the toilet, and 70% of the population must know the routes of transmission of waterborne diseases and how to prevent them. Also, the village must be cleaned once per month.

Publications

Available for Download

WASH Program Brochure – August 2018 (pdf)

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