Extending Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) projects in Myanmar
The third phase builds on the experience of the earlier programs, and will continue to construct or renovate water-related infrastructure in new locations.
The construction of water-related infrastructure such as wells and pumping systems is already underway. The location and suitability of these systems is based on detailed geological surveys and needs assessments completed as an integral part of the program.
Hygiene promotion workshops will also be delivered to make sure that beneficiaries are best able to use the new or improved water infrastructure. In addition, maintenance committees will be established in beneficiary communities, and technical training will be provided to ensure the correct use and maintenance of water-related infrastructure.
It is expected that 4,550 people in eight villages will benefit directly from the project. In addition, refugees returning from camps in Thailand will also potentially benefit in the future. The project is expected to have a positive impact on livelihoods in Kayin state, in particular through a reduction in the incidence of waterborne diseases, which contribute to child mortality in communities with unsafe water supplies. The amount of time lost collecting water from distant wells will be significantly reduced, resulting in improvements in economic productivity.