USAID Sponsored Projects

USAID's Environmental Health Team sponors projects and provides financial support to selected governmental and international organizations to conduct programs and research on environmental health issues. These include:

  • Hygiene Improvement Project
  • CDC/Safewater
  • PPP Handwashing
  • WHO HWTS Network
The Hygiene Improvement Project (HIP) Hygiene Improvement Project (HIP)

HIP is part of the next generation of USAID’s environmental health projects. HIP is designed to work at scale, focusing on behavior change to improve child health outcomes. The project is working at scale by engaging multiple stakeholders and partners from different sectors, using a variety of interventions, and integrating hygiene into health and non-health programs such as HIV/AIDS, nutrition and food security, and education. HIP offers USAID programs new tools, approaches and a behavior-centered focus to reduce diarrheal disease.

HIP intends to reduce diarrheal disease morbidity by improving three hygiene practices: proper hand washing with soap or acceptable substitute, safe disposal of feces, and safe storage and treatment of drinking water at point of use. HIP’s behavior change strategy requires addressing all three components of USAID’s Hygiene Improvement Framework (HIF): accessing hardware, products and technologies; promoting hygiene; and creating an enabling environment. 

HIP Website.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Safewater Girl at water faucet

The Safe Water System (SWS) is an intervention that employs simple and inexpensive technologies to improve water quality. The purpose of SWS is to make water safe through disinfection and safe storage at the point of use.

The SWS intervention consists of three components: 

  • Point-of-use treatment of contaminated water using sodium hypochlorite solution purchased locally and produced by a local manufacturer or in the community from water and salt using an electrolytic cell;
  • Safe water storage in containers with a narrow mouth, lid, and a spigot to prevent recontamination; and,
  • Behavior change techniques, including social marketing, community mobilization, motivational interviewing, communication, and education. These activities increase awareness of the link between contaminated water and disease, and of the benefits of safe water, and hygiene behaviors.

CDC/Safewater Website.

Point-of-use Water Disinfection and Zinc Treatment (POUZN)

The goal of the POUZN project is to expand the long-term, sustainable, commercial availability of zinc and POU to reduce mortality and morbidity from diarrhea.  Project implementation will be done through social marketing projects and public-private partnerships.  POUZN has limited core funding for USAID missions interested in starting a new mission activity that will include POU or zinc products. Two awards were made to allow missions to address both manufacturing/commercial sector and social marketing needs.

POUZN Website.

Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing

USAID’s objectives for the support of this initiative are to: reduce the incidence of diarrheal diseases in poor communities through Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) promoting handwashing with soap; and implement large scale handwashing interventions and use lessons to promote the approach at global level.

In addition to USAID support, other organizations that contribute to the Partnership include the World Bank, the Water and Sanitation Program, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the private sector in collaboration with UNICEF and the Bank-Netherlands Water Partnership. Partnerships have been established in Ghana, Nepal, Peru, and Senegal. 

PPP Handwashing Web Site.

WHO International Network to Promote Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS) WHO Network on Household Water Treatment

To accelerate health gains to those without reliable access to safe drinking water, WHO established a network aimed at promoting HWTS. The network format optimizes flexibility, participation and creativity to support coordinated action. The Network objectives are:

  • Advocacy - The Network will advocate, promote and facilitate the inclusion of HWTS in policies and practices at the national, regional and global level.
  • Communication - The Network will provide high quality information to create awareness of HWTS. The two primary audiences for Network communication activities will be Network members themselves to promote information sharing and other key stakeholders, especially those in the developing world, who will enable the Network to accomplish its mission.
  • Research - The Network will promote independent research to evaluate interventions by collecting, analysing and disseminating data on efficacy, cost-effectiveness, health impact, acceptability, affordability, scalability and sustainability.
  • Implementation - The Network will strive to empower people without access to improved water sources, plus those with improved but unsafe sources, to take charge of their own drinking water safety by working with communities to implement effective, affordable and sustainable HWTS interventions. Particular attention will be given to those most affected by waterborne diseases, such as children, immune-compromised persons, the poor, refugees and internally displaced persons.

WHO HWTS Web Site.



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