Monitoring and sustainability

Developing and Monitoring Protocol for the Elimination of Open Defecation in Sub-Saharan Africa

Members of Kabengele Village in Zambia decide it's time to stop open defecation

Eliminating open defecation is increasingly seen as a key health outcome, with links to reduced stunting, improved educational and positive health outcomes for children. In Sub Saharan Africa, over 35 countries are implementing some form of CLTS, ranging from TATS in Tanzania to CLTSH in Ethiopia. Since the introduction of CLTS in 2005 in the region, rapid scale-up has been achieved with suggested numbers of ODF communities in the range of 30,000 affecting over 15 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Date: 22 May 2013

Reporting back from the IRC Symposium on Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery

From the 9th to the 12th April 2013, IRC hosted a symposium on Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. More than 400 participants from international institutions and NGOs (46%) and from (African) governments (25%), as well as a smaller presence of multilateral agencies, academics and consultants, attended the event. The aim of the symposium was to

Date: 17 May 2013

ODF Verification in Western Equatoria State

Inspecting a household latrine and handwashing station

CLTS was introduced in Western Equatoria State state in October 2011 through a training facilitated by Plan International and sponsored by UNICEF. A number of organizations send representatives to participate in the training. In October 2012 fourteen villages  underwent Open Defecation Free (ODF) verification. These are villages that had been facilitated by one of UNICEF’s partners, Intersos. 10 of the villages had claimed to have attained ODF status and this provided a rationale for conducting the verification.

Date: 17 May 2013
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Extension Agent reorganization into a ‘Block’ system for CLTS Implementation and Monitoring in Salima and Zomba Districts, Malawi

Inspecting a community latrine in Malawi

CLTS in Malawi has traditionally been implemented through local Health Centre extension agents and supported by resourcing provided by donor partners. With the goal of a 100% Open Defecation Free Malawi by 2015 and the current percentage of ODF villages verified at 4.3%, there is immediate need for more efficient delivery of CLTS. The inability to monitor and verify progress towards ODF presents a critical barrier that jeopardizes the attainability of ODF targets.

Date: 26 April 2013
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