Improving WASH in healthcare facilities in rural Bangladesh through a local government-led approach

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This learning note documents the work of WaterAid Bangladesh to enhance rural community health services through improved access to water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management. 

In Bangladesh, community clinics are established at the village level to enable everyone, even in the most remote areas, to have access to basic healthcare. However, access to water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management services is a challenge for many of these clinics.

This learning note documents WaterAid Bangladesh’s innovative method to enhance health services at community level with improved water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities in Gangni, south-west Bangladesh, through a local government-led approach. The brief captures the main components of this approach and the key lessons learned, with the aim that it can be applied to other contexts beyond Gangni.

Top image: CHCP Nahida Aktar and the visitors of Saharbati Community Clinic in Gangni, Meherpur, Bangladesh.