Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

There are currently millions of people without access to clean water and billions not using improved sanitation. URC is committed to addressing the ongoing challenges associated with the lack of clean water, sanitation and good hygiene around the world.

We work to implement strategies for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) improvements to increase access to water for agriculture and livestock, food security and maternal, newborn, and child health. By applying methods of  quality improvementhealth systems strengthening, health communication and behavior change, and research and evaluation, URC supports WASH activities in low-income communities.

URC WASH-related activities include:

  • Providing technical assistance to reduce and prevent low birth weight, child stunting, and malnourishment of children
  • Designing projects to improve the reliability and quality of WASH services
  • Analyzing and exploring the links between sanitation and population to fully understand the relationship to health problems
  • Supporting research to help inform how investments in basic sanitation may affect the health of children living in densely-populated slum settlements
  • Providing technical assistance to strengthen community-led total sanitation activities
  • Addressing food security, water and sanitation, resilience, access to high-quality health services, poverty reduction, HIV/AIDS, and strengthening involvement of families
  • Increasing the resilience of chronically vulnerable people, households, communities, and systems in targeted agricultural areas

We provide services to support WASH activities from strategic development at the national level to preparation of training manuals and monitoring implementation of WASH activities at the field level, with a heavy emphasis on community-led WASH improvements.